Sam Houston Area Council
2019 Annual Report

Leading Youth to Lifelong Values, Service and Achievement.

Each year, the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is an overview of our accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

The council achieved the gold level status for 2019 in the National Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence performance program.
 

Our Leadership

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, 2019 was an exciting year for Scouting in Southeast Texas. The Sam Houston Area Council served approximately 47,000 youth during 2019 through traditional Scouting and career-based Exploring programs. 

Over 12,000 new families joined our program, resulting in membership growth in traditional Scouting.  This helped the Sam Houston Area Council achieve the BSA’s Journey to Excellence Gold Level, which is the standard for quality and excellence in a local council. The programs of Scouting continue to offer varied opportunities to teach youth to be strong in character, have self-confidence, and grow in their leadership abilities. 

Fostering these talents, along with service projects and citizenship activities, is how we are Building Stronger Youth.

Community service and Scouting go hand in hand.  Our Scouts and volunteers participated in over 425,000 hours of community service projects in 2019.  These hours accounted for a total economic impact of $10,807,750 according to the volunteer service organization Independent Sector. These service projects were highlighted by the collection and distribution of over 175,000 pounds of food during our annual Scouting for Food/Souper Bowl of Caring efforts in February.

Through service, we are Building Stronger Citizens.

Experiencing the outdoors is one of the foundations of Scouting.  We are uniquely positioned for the future with a $65 million construction project, our new Camp Strake. Opening in May 2020, Camp Strake will be a world-class facility designed to unleash the potential of our Scouting programs to best serve the needs of our families with the financial security of a dedicated endowment.  

The outdoor program is how we are Building Stronger Leaders.

As a key measure of our community service and financial health, the Sam Houston Area Council was awarded the designation as an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau, earned the Seal of Transparency Gold Level by GuideStar, and achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating for the 7th consecutive year.

All these successes were made possible through the generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure of thousands of volunteers and donors.  Thanks to your support and commitment to Scouting, we continue to lead youth to lifelong values, service, and achievement.

We hope you are proud to be part of the Sam Houston Area Council.

Together, we are Building Stronger Communities.

L. E. Simmons
Chair of the Board

Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell 
CEO/Scout Executive

2019 Officers and Executive Committee

L. E. Simmons
Chair of the Board
Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive

Clay C. Williams
Executive Vice Chair
Richard A. Eichler
Immediate Past Chair
Stephen D. Oldham
Treasurer
Erin P. Roberts
Assistant Treasurer
Nelson R. Block
Legal Counsel
Charles E. Schneider
Vice Chair - Development
Brian W. Foster
Vice Chair - Field Operations
Allen D. Brown
Vice Chair - Finance
Deborah A. Rollinson
Vice Chair - Membership
Diane M. Cannon 
Vice Chair - Program
Alberto Santos, Jr. 
Vice Chair - Real Estate 
Daniel G. Bellow
Vice Chair - Relationships
William L. Peel, Jr.
Vice Chair - Sales & Marketing
Lionel R. Jellins
Vice Chair - ScoutReach & Diversity
William H. Caudill Bradley W. Corson David E. Creasey
George A. DeMontrond, III Daniel D. Domeracki Rodney W. Eads Stewart W. Gagnon
Shad A. Higdon Stephen P. Mach Roger C. Mosby Daniel G. Ownby
Stephen D. Strake Frank D. Tsuru John B. Walker Susan E. Yeldell

2019 Board of Directors

Chief Art Acevedo Judge Alfred H. Bennett Jeri J. Brooks Michelle Riley Brown
Victor A. Burk Charles A. Calderwood  William E. Chiles Daniel J. Churay
Richard A Claussen Craig W. Collins Charles D. Davidson Tracy L. Dieterich
John W. Dutch Jeffrey B. Early  Michael E. Fossum  O. Duane Gaither, II
Adrian Garcia Raymond T. Garcia Dr. Kimberly Henderson Gossett Lance Hammond
Shad A. Higdon Judge David Hittner David R. Klein Marc J. Krebs
Brett Lee Kendra Lee William B. Lee, Ph.D. Wilburn McDonald
T. Franklin Myers Michael Narvaez Adam R. Oglesby Michael L. Patrick
Daniel H. Pears Anthony J. Phillips  Marc G. Portal, Ph.D. Jay R. Pryor
Robert H. Roy, Jr. L. Allen Sanders Charles M. Sledge Richard E. Tauber 
Trent D. Tellepsen David Van Kleeck Judson B. Walker Jeffrey R. Whetzel
Kevin W. Yankowsky      

2019 Honorary Life Board

Robert J. Allison, Jr. Victor G. Beghini Ernest H. Cockrell Dr. James M. Douglas
Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr. Emmett A. Humble Rev. William A. Lawson Douglas G. MacLean
Rollie S. McGinnis Bobby S. Shackouls Howard T. Tellepsen, Jr. C. Travis Traylor, Jr.
David M. Weekley      

2019 Advisory Board

W. Reynard Alton  John Castellano Edward A. Chapman Christopher A. Daniel
Dan O. Dinges Cornelius Dupré, II Dr. David L. Ferris James C. Flores
Lex Frieden Valerie Gibbs Robert L. Hargrave W. David Harris
Robert L. Hilsher   Michael Holthouse Howard W. House Paul C. Huttenhoff
J. Webb Jennings, III Vernon T. Jones, Jr. Michael J. Kasecky Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee
George S. Littell Christopher J. Pappas Christopher J. Patton Charles Penland
T. J. Raguso Jack P. Randall  C. Bari Saunders Thomas Scoulios
S. Nick Velanni William H. Wallace Alfred C. Warrington, IV William A. Young, Jr., Ed.D.

2019 District Chairs

   
Matthew Bordelon Walter R. Brookhart Carla Burnett Harry C. Drew
John Fortier Jan Hackett Catherine D. Harrison Blair Haynie
Ivan Hepworth Dr. David A. Jackson David Wayne Krusleski Eugene Manuel
Troy Meinen Kent R. Nuttall David Proctor Monte Richardson
Judge Russ Ridgway Cindy Scanland Chris Scotti Doug W. Strain
Bruce C. Tough Zigmond Werlla  John F. Woolsey, Jr.  

Our Youth

47,340 Total youth served in 1,138 units

31,801 Cub Scouts in 518 packs

Cub Scouting is a year-round program for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families through fun and challenging activities promoting education, character development and physical fitness. Members meet weekly in small groups called dens. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Cub Scouts work on award requirements at meetings and with their families. Many Cub Scout packs schedule camping trips or attend summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. During the summer, many individual Cub Scouts attend a district day camp.

13,798 Scouts in 474 troops

Scouts BSA is an exciting leadership and character development program for young men and women who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. With the support of adult leaders, youth learn self-confidence and develop personal values guided by the ideals found in the Scout Oath and Law. The merit badge program develops skills in addition to and beyond the classroom. Members usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have a group activity once a month – typically a weekend camp-out. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer and winter camp each where they work on merit badges and enjoy other activities. Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.

664 Venturers and Sea Scouts in 91 crews and ships

Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade, and are under 21 years of age. Through this youth-led program, members enjoy wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. They work in groups to learn teamwork, leadership, respect and responsibility. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills and service experiences. Typically, a Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, along with a monthly event or trip.

1,077 Explorers in 55 posts

Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Exploring units, called posts, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as law enforcement, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. This program, which gives youth a practical learning outlet, aligns Scouting closely with the business community in law enforcement, medical, fire fighting, engineering, aviation, science, law, government and public service.

Reaching More Lives

ScoutReach is the Sam Houston Area Council's initiative to provide an opportunity for all young people to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. The programs include Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturing. ScoutReach gives special leadership and emphasis to economically-challenged youth via non-traditional methods. Through caring, well-trained, paid leadership, and with neighborhood partners who will provide a safe, regular meeting place, ScoutReach delivers a Scouting program to our most needy youth in the inner-city neighborhoods of Southeast Texas.  This program encourages parental involvement, but is fully subsidized through the council's annual operating budget. In 2019, this amounted to a total of $1,871,377.

2019 Highlights

         

Youth Served and Volunteers

  • 47,340  Total youth served in 2019
  • 46,263 Youth registered in Scouting programs of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturing
  • 1,077 Youth participants in Exploring program
  • 14,9037 Registered volunteer adult leaders
 

Finance

  • $11,365,973  Operating expense
  • $240 Estimated dollar amount to support youth in Scouting, Exploring, or Learning for Life
    *Numbers reflected are unaudited
 

Camping

  • 17,667 Cub Scouts participating in a camping experience
  • 8,185 Scouts participating in long-term camping or high adventure experience
 

Program

  • 1,227 New Eagle Scouts
  • 22,588 Cub Scout ranks earned
  • 8,762 Scouts BSA ranks earned
  • 424,349 Community service hours preformed by Scouts and leaders

Scouts in Action

Scouting for Food

The value of serving others was practiced by the Scouts of the Sam Houston Area Council by participating in the service project Scouting for Food.  Partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring and area food banks, over 9,000 Scouts and leaders collected over 175,000 pounds of food.  The food was then distributed to those in need in our area. 

Recognitions

Lawrence Bradley Hancock received the Medal of Merit Award presented to individuals who performed an act of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected.

 

Scout Fair

In April, Scouts "Scored a Goal with Scouting” at our annual Scout Fair. This year's Scout Fair, held at NRG Arena, is the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Thanks to a partnership with the Houston Dynamo, our Scouts were able to sell over 150,000 Scout Fair Coupon Books to help fund their programs.

 

      

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Scouts yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

The Sam Houston Area Council operates three camp properties in Texas. Through the initiatives of the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign, the Sam Houston Area Council strives to have camp properties that best serve the needs of Scouting in the 21st century.


 

Total campers:      
District Day Camps 2,931
Cub Scout Resident Camp 278
Scouts BSA at Tellepsen Scout Camp  823
Scouts attending long-term camp outside the council 5,757
Scouts attending High Adventure Camp   1,605
 
Cub Scouts 17,667
Scouts and Venturers 8,185

Bovay Scout Ranch 

Scouts head to Bovay Scout Ranch, located three miles south of Navasota. The 1,488 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with several lakes teaming with a variety of fish. Nature study, bugs, animal tracks and conservation are vital elements of the camp program. George Lake offers paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, and rafting. The water park is the center of swimming and fun activities. Scouts also enjoy field sports, BMX, archery and rifles. There are two camp programs held at Bovay Scout Ranch:

  • Resident camp is a three-night campout for Cub Scouts and includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM, exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
  • Adventure camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members and includes 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.

Tellepsen Scout Ranch

  • Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that can accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30-foot x 40-foot pavilion and one shower and restroom facility for every two campsites.
  • Tellepsen Scout Camp is the home of the council’s largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-stand gun range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range.
  • The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11-feet, 22-feet, 32-feet and 41-feet, where campers are able to climb the council’s highest climbing wall. 


 

Camp Brosig

Camp Brosig is available for weekend camping year-round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room are available and are used regularly for district camp-outs. This 92-acre property is located six miles north of Sealy, Texas in Austin County. 

 

Day Camps

Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the council in June. The camps depend heavily on parents and volunteer leaders to spearhead the programming. Cubs Scouts participate in shooting BB guns and archery, playing sports and games, making crafts, learning Scout skills, participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earning rank advancements.

Camp Strake

The future Camp Strake will be located in a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring.

Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  1. The Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Scouts BSA and Venturers, and
  2. Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Scouts BSA/Venturers.

The camp is scheduled is to open May 2020. For additional information about Camp Strake (design plans, construction schedule and periodic updates) please visit www.samhoustonbsa.org/camp-strake.

Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway. Camp Strake is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the property. 

 

Google Map

The new Camp Strake is first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders with two distinct sections:

  • The Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and summer camp operations for Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, and Venturing
  • The future Integrity Institute will be the home for advanced training programs for adult leaders and youth members of Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, and Venturing.

Camp Strake Facilities

All facilities at Camp Strake are ADA compliant. Many of these facilities, including the dining hall, are air-conditioned.

Check-in Building

At the entrance to Camp Strake is the check-in building. This facility is used to greet visitors, provide directions, and issue parking permits. All visitors should be prepared to stop at this building to sign-in.

  

Camp Headquarters Building

The camp headquarters houses the camp phone, lost and found, mail, camp director’s office, camp commissioner’s office, quartermaster, trading post, business manager’s office, and health lodge.

 

Dining Hall

The dining hall seats 460 people. During summer camp, meals will be served in one sitting. Lunch meals will be delivered to campsites. High quality and nutritious meals will be provided by a professional service. The parade field used for morning and evening flag ceremonies is west of the dining hall.

Campsites

Campsites are nestled in shaded areas throughout the camp. Every campsite has picnic tables, a covered pavilion with electricity, and two-person wall tents set on wooden pallets to form a floor elevated off the ground.


  

 

Shower Houses

Shower houses are located along the main campsite road and are shared by three or four campsites. Individual stalls are ADA compliant and have a toilet, shower, and sink.

 

STEM

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) building is in the program area just south of the administration building. The air-conditioned building is outfitted with equipment and materials to support a robust STEM and conservation program.


 

 

Aquatics

The aquatics area contains a pool, fishing area, beachfront with lake swimming area, and boating area to support the full range of aquatics related merit badges. The 28-acre lake provides a venue for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. A portion of the lake is reserved for conservation and fishing activities.


 

Shooting Sports

The shooting sports area contains a rifle range with 16 firing positions and a maximum range of 100 yards, a shotgun range, archery range, sporting arrows range, and 3D archery range.

 

Climbing Tower

The 32-foot-tall climbing tower and training pavilion is located at the west end of the lake. The top of the tower has a great vantage point overlooking the entire camp. The tower is designed to allow beginner and experienced climbers to test and improve their skills.

 

Program Field

Located inside the horseshoe formed by the ring of campsites is a large program field for a wide range of sporting activities.

  

 

High Adventure Program

The high adventure program will include a zipline, ATV program and climbing.

 

 

 

Staff Area

The staff area is west of the check-in building and contains a main staff building that includes office, storage, laundry, and meeting facilities. Adjacent to this building is 40 two-person huts and a shower/latrine facility.

 
 

Bridge to the Integrity Institute

Merit Badge Pavilion

 


Grand Pavillion


 

Producing Leaders

Eagle Scouts

In May of 2019, the Sam Houston Area Council held the New Eagle Scout Reception for the Eagle Scout Class of 2018. The 2018 Eagle Scout class was named in honor of Nelson R. Block.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout. This accomplishment is recognized worldwide and is seen as a positive achievement throughout an individual’s lifetime. The 2018 Eagle Scouts Class consisted of 1,070 new Eagle Scouts.

All Scouts are required to perform a service project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. A Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Scout class of 2018 completed over 140,000 hours of community service during their collective service projects.


National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to the following individuals:

 

Spencer Berthelsen

Bradley Corson

Judge Keith P. Ellison
Stephen P. Mach

 

 

Greg Salerno

William "Randy" Scofield

Christopher Weekley

Honoring Volunteers

Council Recognition Reception

The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful to our over 15,000 volunteer adult leaders. On November 19, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted the annual Council Recognition Reception. The reception is held to honor adult volunteers who have received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, and other distinguished awards.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader.


2019 Silver Beaver Recipients
 
Richard Arnold Jr. Edna Crawfoot Constance Oubre
Molly Benitez Sherry Dieckmann Samuel Randolph
Raul Benitez Nick Dockum Victor Rollinson
Kenneth Berntsen Richard Hermes Bill Scott
Matthew Bordelon Nathan Jensen Joseph Stewart
John Brogan Patrick Martin Dennis Williams
Rebecca Capt Swee Ng Tamara Williams
Julius Court    
 

World of Scouting

World of Scouting is an open house for business and community leaders and Scouting supporters. This networking event is held to celebrate African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas and to thank our annual Scouting supporters. The event also provided an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for underserved youth in urban and rural areas. The Honorees included: Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church “Asian-American Spirit of Scouting Award;” The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation “Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award;” and Houston Independent School District “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.”

Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting, the annual giving campaign of the Sam Houston Area Council, received 4,772 gifts which totaled $2,853,552.

Product Sales

The Sam Houston Area Council has two product-oriented fundraisers that help fund unit programs. 

  • The popcorn sale, which takes place in October and November, netted $984,679 in sales. 
  • The Scout Fair Coupon Book, which featured coupons for Kroger and other retail partners, netted $353,012 in sales. Units who participate in the sale receive 33% of the generated funds.

Special Events

The Sam Houston Area Council held several special event is 2019, which netted a combined $504,865 for council operations.

Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

The 9th Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge, sponsored by Anadarko, was held at Competitive Edge Sports in Spring, Texas.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The 23rd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held at Greater Houston Sports Club.

United Way

The Sam Houston Area Council received $1,126,351 in support from our United Way partners, which included United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Baytown & Chambers County.

Endowment

In 2019, the council received $875,544 in new gifts to the endowment.

Financial Statement

The 2019 Sam Houston Area Council's Auditor's Report will be uploaded upon completion.

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2019 Executive Summary

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Houston Area Council
2018 Annual Report

Leading Youth to Lifelong Values, Service and Achievement, Throughout Our Diverse Community.

Each year, the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is an overview of our accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

The council achieved the silver level status for 2018 in the National Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence performance program.
 

Our Leadership

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, 2018 was an exciting year for Scouting in Southeast Texas. Over 10,000 new families joined our program, helping us attain membership growth in traditional Scouting.

This year we welcomed girls and kindergarteners into our Cub Scout program for the very first time. The decision to expand our program offerings for girls came after years of requests from families who wanted the option of the BSA’s character and leadership-development programs for their children – boys and girls. The programs of Scouting continue to offer varied opportunities to teach youth to be strong in character, have self-confidence and grow in their leadership abilities.

Fostering these talents, along with service projects and citizenship activities, is how we are Building Stronger Youth.

Community service and Scouting go hand in hand.  Our Scouts and volunteers participated in over 440,000 hours of community service projects in 2018.  These hours accounted for a total economic impact of $11,063,600, according to the volunteer service organization Independent Sector. The service projects were highlighted by the collection of nearly 200,000 pounds of food during our annual Scouting for Food/Souper Bowl of Caring efforts in February. This food was then distributed to needy families throughout our 16-county area.

Through service, we are Building Stronger Citizens.

Experiencing the outdoors is one of the foundations of Scouting.  We are building for the future with a transformational $65 million construction project, our new Camp Strake. This property will be a world-class facility designed to unleash the potential of our Scouting programs to best serve the needs of our families in the 21st century with the financial security of a dedicated endowment.  

The outdoor program is how we are Building Stronger Leaders.

As a key measure of our community service and financial health, the Sam Houston Area Council was awarded the designation as an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau, the Seal of Transparency Gold Level by GuideStar, and a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating.

All these successes were made possible through the generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure of thousands of volunteers and donors.  Thanks to your support and commitment to Scouting, we continue to lead youth to life-long values, service, and achievement.

Together, we are Building Stronger Communities.

L. E. Simmons
Chair of the Board

Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell 
CEO/Scout Executive

 

2018 Officers and Executive Committee

L. E. Simmons
Chair of the Board
Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive

Richard A. Eichler
Immediate Past Chair
Charles E. Schneider
Treasurer
Steven D. Oldham
Assistant Treasurer
Nelson R. Block
Legal Counsel
Daniel D. Domeracki
Vice Chair - Development
To Be Determined
Vice Chair - Exploring
Brian W. Foster
Vice Chair - Field Operations
Allen D. Brown
Vice Chair - Finance
Deborah A. Rollinson
Vice Chair - Membership
Diane M. Cannon 
Vice Chair - Program
Alberto Santos, Jr. 
Vice Chair - Real Estate 
Daniel G. Bellow
Vice Chair - Relationships
William L. Peel, Jr.
Vice Chair - Sales & Marketing
Lionel R. Jellins
Vice Chair - ScoutReach
William J. Carr William H. Caudill Bradley W. Corson
David E. Creasey Charles D. Davidson George A. DeMontrond, III Rodney W. Eads
Stewart W. Gagnon Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr. Roger C. Mosby Daniel G. Ownby
Stephen D. Strake Frank D. Tsuru John B. Walker Susan E. Yeldell

2018 Board of Directors

Chief Art Acevedo W. Reynard Alton Judge Alfred H. Bennett Michelle Riley Brown
Victor Burk Lytle D. Burns Charles A. Calderwood  Felix Chevalier
William E. Chiles Daniel J. Churay Craig W. Collins Tony L. Council  
Tracy L. Dieterich Dan O. Dinges  John W. Dutch Jeffrey B. Early 
 Michael E. Fossum O. Duane Gaither, II Adrian Garcia Raymond T. Garcia
Sergio Garza Dr. Kimberly Henderson Gossett Lance Hammond Shad A. Higdon
Judge David Hittner Brent M. Jones David R. Klein Marc J. Krebs
Brett Lee Kendra Lee William B. Lee, Ph.D. C. James Looke, III
Steven P. Mach Wilburn McDonald T. Franklin Myers Adam R. Oglesby
Michael L. Patrick Daniel H. Pears Charles Penland  Anthony J. Phillips
Marc G. Portal, Ph.D. Jay R. Pryor Erin P. Roberts Robert H. Roy, Jr.
L. Allen Sanders Thomas Scoulios Charles M. Sledge Richard E. Tauber 
Trent D. Tellepsen S. Nick Vellani Judson B. Walker Clay C. Williams
Kevin W. Yankowsky      

2018 Honorary Life Board

Robert J. Allison, Jr. Victor G. Beghini Ernest H. Cockrell James H. DeNike 
Emmett A. Humble Rev. William A. Lawson Douglas G. Mac Lean Rollie S. McGinnis
Bobby S. Shackouls Howard T. Tellepsen C. Travis Traylor, Jr. David M. Weekley

2018 Advisory Board

 John W. Allen Jeri J. Brooks  John Castellano Edward A. Chapman
Richard A. Claussen, Jr. Christopher A. Daniel Dr. James M. Douglas Cornelius Dupré, II
Alan El-Lahham Dr. David L. Ferris James C. Flores Lex Frieden
Arthur R. Gralla, Jr. Dominique Guinand-Vargas Robert L. Hargrave W. David Harris
Robert L. Hilsher   Michael Holthouse Howard W. House J. Webb Jennings, III
Vernon T. Jones, Jr. Michael J. Kasecky Steven R. Knowles Victor Koosh
Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee George S. Littell Mike Narvaez Christopher J. Pappas
Christopher J. Patton T. J. Raguso Jack P. Randall C. Bari Saunders
Richard A. Shappard Brian G. Smith William H. Wallace Alfred C. Warrington, IV
William A. Young, Jr., Ed.D.      

2018 District Chairs

   
Walter R. Brookhart Carla Burnett Nick Dockum Harry C. Drew
S. Erik Ellis Andrew R. Friedman Craig A. George Christopher Gray
Christopher K. Green Catherine Diane Harrison Ivan Hepworth Gary A. Hinners
Paul C. Huttenhoff Dr. David A. Jackson Michael W. Mathena Kent R. Nuttall
Judge Russ Ridgway Cindy Scanland Doug W. Strain Howard W. Tomlinson
Bruce C. Tough Brian K. Turner John F. Woolsey, Jr.  

Our Youth

46,411 Total youth served in 1,391 units

29,403 Cub Scouts in 653 packs

Cub Scouting is a year-round program for boys and girl in kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families through fun and challenging activities promoting education, character development and physical fitness. Members meet weekly in small groups called dens. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Cub Scouts work on award requirements at meetings and with their families. Many Cub Scout packs schedule camping trips or attend summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. During the summer, many individual Cub Scouts attend a district day camp.

14,495 Boy Scouts in 561 troops

Boy Scouting is an exciting leadership and character development program for young men who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. With the support of adult leaders, youth learn self-confidence and develop personal values guided by the ideals found in the Scout Oath and Law. The merit badge program develops skills in addition to and beyond the classroom. Members usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have a group activity once a month – typically a weekend camp-out. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer and winter camp each where they work on merit badges and enjoy other activities. Boy Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.

 

917 Venturers and Sea Scouts in 106 crews and ships

Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade, and are under 21 years of age. Through this youth-led program, members enjoy wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. They work in groups to learn teamwork, leadership, respect and responsibility. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills and service experiences. Typically, a Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, along with a monthly event or trip.

 

1,596 Explorers in 71 posts

Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Exploring units, called posts, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as law enforcement, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. This program, which gives youth a practical learning outlet, aligns Scouting closely with the business community in law enforcement, medical, fire fighting, engineering, aviation, science, law, government and public service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching More Lives

ScoutReach is the Sam Houston Area Council's initiative to provide an opportunity for all young people to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. The programs include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. ScoutReach gives special leadership and emphasis to economically-challenged youth via non-traditional methods. Through caring, well-trained, paid leadership, and with neighborhood partners who will provide a safe, regular meeting place, ScoutReach delivers a Scouting program to our most needy youth in the inner-city neighborhoods of Southeast Texas.  This program encourages parental involvement but is fully subsidized through the council's annual operating budget. In 2018, this amounted to a total of $1,561,337.

 

2018 Highlights

         

Youth Served and Volunteers

  • 46,411  Total youth served in 2018
  • 44,815 Youth registered in Scouting programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing
  • 1,596 Youth participants in Exploring program
  • 16,207 Registered volunteer adult leaders
 

Finance*

  • $11,349,291  Operating expense
  • 1.78% Excess revenue over operating expense
  • $538,854 New permanently restricted endowment gifts
  • $240 Estimated dollar amount to support a youth in Scouting, Exploring, or Learning for Life
    *Numbers reflected are unaudited
 

Camping

  • 19,540 Cub Scouts participating in a camping experience
  • 8,782 Boy Scout and Varsity Scouts participating in long-term camping or high adventure experience
 

Program

  • 1,170 New Eagle Scouts
  • 19,641 Cub Scout ranks earned
  • 8,732 Boy Scout ranks earned
  • 442,080 Community service hours performed by Scouts and leaders



 

 
 
 
 

Scouts in Action

Scouting for Food

The value of serving others was practiced by the Scouts of the Sam Houston Area Council by participating in the service project Scouting for Food.  Partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring and area food banks, over 7,000 Scouts and leaders collected nearly 200,000 pounds of food.  The food was then distributed to those in need in our area. 

 

Recognitions

  • Cameron Dominguez and Shawn Sheffer received the Medal of Merit Award presented to individuals who performed an act of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected. 

 

Scout Fair

In April, Scouts were "Cleared for Launch” at our annual Scout Fair. This year's Scout Fair, held at NRG Arena, is the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Thanks to a partnership with the Space Center Houston, our Scouts were able to sell over 150,000 Scout Fair Coupon Books to help fund their programs.

 

      

      

 

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Scouts yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

The Sam Houston Area Council operates three camp properties in Texas. Through the initiatives of the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign, the Sam Houston Area Council strives to have camp properties that best serve the needs of Scouting in the 21st century.

 

Total campers:

 
District Day Camps 3,113 
Cub Scout Resident camp 305
Scouts Summer camp at Tellepsen Scout Camp  653 
Scouts attending long-term camp outside the council 5,752
Scouts attending High Adventure Camp 1,296

Total campers:

 
Cub Scout 19,540
Boy Scouts and Venturers 8,782

Bovay Scout Ranch 

Scouts head to Bovay Scout Ranch, located three miles south of Navasota. The 1,488 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with several lakes teaming with a variety of fish. Nature study, bugs, animal tracks and conservation are vital elements of the camp program. George Lake offers paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, and rafting. The water park is the center of swimming and fun activities. Scouts also enjoy field sports, BMX, archery and rifles. There are two camps at Bovay Scout Ranch:

  • Resident camp is a three-night campout for Cub Scouts and includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM, exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
  • Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members and includes 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.

 

  • Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that can accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30 foot x 40 foot pavilion and one shower and restroom facility for every two campsites.
  • Tellepsen Scout Camp is the home of the council’s largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-stand gun range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range.
  • The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11-feet, 22-feet, 32-feet and 41-feet, where campers are able to climb the council’s highest climbing wall. 


 

 

Camp Brosig is available for weekend camping year-round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room are available and are used regularly for district camp-outs. This 92-acre property is located six miles north of Sealy, Texas in Austin County. 

 

Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the council in June. The camps depend heavily on parents and volunteer leaders to spearhead the programming. Cubs Scouts participate in shooting BB guns and archery, playing sports and games, making crafts, learning Scout skills, participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earning rank advancements.

 

Camp Strake

The future Camp Strake will be located in a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring.

Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  1. The Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts and Venturers, and
  2. Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts/Venturers.

The camp is scheduled is to open in late 2019. That date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. For additional information about Camp Strake (design plans, construction schedule and periodic updates) please visit www.samhoustonbsa.org/camp-strake.

 

 

Producing Leaders

Eagle Scouts

In May of 2018, the Sam Houston Area Council held the New Eagle Scout Reception for the Eagle Scout Class of 2017. The 2017 Eagle Scout class was named in honor of John B. Walker.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout. This accomplishment is recognized worldwide and is seen as a positive achievement throughout an individual’s lifetime. The 2017 Eagle Scouts Class consisted of 1,055 new Eagle Scouts.

All Scouts are required to perform a service project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. A Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Scout class of 2017 completed over 140,000 hours of community service during their collective service projects.


National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to the following individuals:

 
Anthony R. Chase 

James E. (Ed) Jones

Steven D. Oldham, CFA
Jay R. Pryor

 

 

Judson B. (Jud) Walker

Theodore J. Wojnar, Jr.

Virgil Yoakum


Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award recognizes a young man who has demonstrated excellence in his Eagle Scout service project. The award program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award was presented to Ricardo Bayon. Ricardo's Eagle Scout project consisted of building pallative care unit for children with terminal diseases in the Hospital del Nino in Hidalgo, Mexico.  He also sent a shipment of medical supplies and equipment with the assistance of Medical Bridges.



 

Honoring Volunteers

Council Recognition Reception

 

The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful to our nearly 16,000 volunteer adult leaders. On November 28, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted the annual Council Recognition Reception. The reception is held to honor adult volunteers who have received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, and other distinguished awards.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader.

2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
 
Linda L. Arnold John Fortier Michael Robinson
Dana C. Beebe John E. Gorney Stephen Rollings
Mat Burt Rose M. Griffith-Bracher Travis William Seppaned
Charles A. Calderwood Arthur W. Grove Patrick Weisbrod
Daniel W. Cawthon Kimberly Henderson Gossett, M.D. Hunter “Zig” Werlla
Karla T. Christian Theodore R. Kell Ronald D. Wiehle, PhD
Carolyn “Carol” Clarkston Michael McGinty Sandra Andres Wiehle
Bennett Hugh Corpening Steve Oldham Bobby Ray Williams, Sr.
Dale Fitz Frank A. Parent Timothy John Yagley
 

Celebrating Cultures

In November, the first Celebrating Cultures event was held at McGovern Gardens.  This community and business leader networking event celebrated African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas. The event also recognized individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities to African American, Asian American and Hispanic American communities.

 

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds—this is in fulfillment of Whitney Young’s dream of justice and equality for all. The 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award was presented to Kimberly Henderson Gossett, M.D.


Kimberly Henderson Gossett, M.D.
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
 

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth. The 2018 Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service award was presented to John Brogan.


John Brogan
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award
 

iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award for outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. The 2018 iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award was presented to Flor Dimassi.


Flor Dimassi
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting, the annual giving campaign of the Sam Houston Area Council, received 5,636 gifts which totaled $2,088,239.

Product Sales

The Sam Houston Area Council has two product-oriented fundraisers that help fund unit programs. 

  • The popcorn sale, which takes place in October and November, netted $1,044,381 in sales. 
  • The Scout Fair Coupon book, which featured coupons for Kroger and other retail partners, netted $553,928 in sales. Units who participate in the sale receive 33% of the generated funds.

Special Events

The Sam Houston Area Council held several special event is 2018, which netted a combined $829,291 for council operations.

Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award Dinner 

Each year, the Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award Dinner affords an opportunity to honor corporations, individuals, or families who have made a distinct difference in the fabric of Southeast Texas. The 2018 Distinguished Citizen Corporate Award was presented to Schlumberger. Houston Astros Owner Jim Crane was on hand to make a special presentation of a World Series ring to Schlumberger.

New Eagle Scout Reception

The New Eagle Scout Reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Houston. The event honored the 1,120 Eagle Scouts of the John B. Walker Eagle Scout Class of 2017.

Celebrating Cultures

Celebrating Cultures is a community and business leader networking event held to celebrate African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas. The event also provided an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for under served youth in urban and rural areas. The Honorees included: John Brogan “Asian-American Spirit of Scouting Award;” Flor Dimassi “Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award;” and Kimberly Henderson Gossett, M.D. “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.”

Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

The 8th Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge, sponsored by Anadarko, was held at Competitive Edge Sports in Spring, Texas.  

 

Sam Houston Area Top Golf Challenge

The first Top Golf Challenge was held at Top Golf Katy location.  

Sporting Clays Tournament

The 22nd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve.  

United Way

The Sam Houston Area Council received $1,208,864 in support from our United Way partners, which included United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Baytown & Chambers County.

Endowment

In 2018, the Council received $583,854 in new gifts to the endowment.

Leaders of Tomorrow

In October 2014 the Sam Houston Area Council launched the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign. The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is designed to produce the funding to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families. The goal of the campaign is $43 million which will provide exemplary, sustainable, outdoor experiences and creative learning for 21st-century youth. As of December 31st, the campaign has achieved $31 million, which represents 72% of the goal.

 

Financial Statement

The 2018 Sam Houston Area Council's Auditor's Report will be uploaded upon completion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Houston Area Council
2017 Annual Report

Leading Youth to Lifelong Values, Service and Achievement, Throughout Our Diverse Community.

Each year, the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is an overview of our accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

The council achieved the silver level status for 2017 in the National Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence performance program.
 

Our Leadership

Dear Friends,

Through your support and leadership, 2017 was another exciting year for Scouting in Southeast Texas.

The Sam Houston Area Council served approximately 49,000 youth during 2017 through traditional Scouting, career-based Exploring and school-based Learning for Life programs.  Scouting programs continue to offer opportunities for youth to develop their character and self-confidence.

Scouting teaches leadership through experience.  It fosters a young person’s talents and inspires them to reach their full potential. Scouting develops character through service, teaching youth the value of community and giving back. Scouting also teaches a duty to God.  It helps Scouts understand there is a power greater than themselves and give them reasons to appreciate and respect their fellow man.

These very traits were displayed for the world in August when Southeast Texas was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.  Facing the devastation head-on, our Scouts answered the call of service.  They provided over 50,000 hours of community service work during the recovery. Beyond that, our Scouts and volunteers gave back another 425,000 hours of community service during 2017 -- and collected over 208,000 pounds of food during the annual Scouting for Food/Souper Bowl of Caring in February.

Getting youth outdoors lies at the very core of Scouting. Our vision is to provide “Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.”  More than 14,000 of our Scouts enjoyed a long-term camping experience in 2017.  The Sam Houston Area Council is a leader among Scouting organizations with its first-class, well-maintained camping facilities that provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts.

As a key measure of our membership strength, programming quality, community service and financial health, the Boy Scouts of America recognized our Council with Silver Level status in the national Journey to Excellence program.

All these 2017 successes were made possible by tireless efforts from roughly 19,000 volunteers and 7,000 donors.  Thanks to your support and to their commitment to Scouting, we continue to lead youth to life-long values and a commitment to service and achievement throughout our diverse community.

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board

Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell 
CEO/Scout Executive

 

2017 Officers and Executive Committee

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board
Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner
L. E. Simmons
Executive Vice Chair
Rodney W. Eads
Immediate Past Chair
Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive
Charles E. Schneider
Treasurer
Steven D. Oldham
Assistant Treasurer
Nelson R. Block
Legal Counsel
Daniel D. Domeracki
Vice Chair - Development
To Be Determined
Vice Chair - Endowment
Robert Weeks
Vice Chair - Exploring
Brian W. Foster
Vice Chair - Field Operations
Allen D. Brown
Vice Chair - Finance
 Deborah A. Rollinson
Vice Chair - Membership
Diane M. Cannon 
Vice Chair - Program
Alberto Santos, Jr. 
Vice Chair - Real Estate
Daniel G. Bellow
Vice Chair - Relationships
William L. Peel, Jr.
Vice Chair - Sales & Marketing
Lionel R. Jellins
Vice Chair - ScoutReach
William J. Carr
William H. Caudill David E. Creasey Charles D. Davidson George A. DeMontrond, III
Stewart W. Gagnon Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr. J. Webb Jennings, III Roger C. Mosby
Stephen D. Strake Howard T. Tellepsen, Jr. Frank D. Tsuru John B. Walker
T.J. Wojnar, Jr. Susan E. Yeldell    

2017 Board of Directors

Chief Art Acevedo W. Reynard Alton Judge Alfred H. Bennett Meherwan P. Boyce, Ph.D.
Victor Burk Lytle D. Burns Charles A. Calderwood  Felix Chevalier
William E. Chiles Daniel J. Churay Craig W. Collins Tony L. Council  
Tracy L. Dieterich Dan O. Dinges  John W. Dutch Jeffrey B. Early 
 Michael E. Fossum O. Duane Gaither, II Sergio Garza Shad A. Higdon
Judge David Hittner Brent M. Jones David R. Klein Marc J. Krebs
William B. Lee, Ph.D. C. James Looke, III Wilburn McDonald Claudia Mollerup-Madsen
Franklin Myers Adam R. Oglesby Daniel G. Ownby  Michael L. Patrick
Daniel H. Pears Charles Penland  Marc G. Portal, Ph.D. Jay R. Pryor
Erin P. Roberts Robert H. Roy, Jr. Thomas Scoulios Richard A. Shappard
Charles M. Sledge Richard E. Tauber  Trent D. Tellepsen S. Nick Vellani
Judson B. Walker Clay C. Williams    

2017 Honorary Life Board

Robert J. Allison, Jr. Victor G. Beghini Ernest H. Cockrell James H. DeNike 
Harold S. Hook Emmett A. Humble Walter E. Johnson Rev. William A. Lawson
Douglas G. Mac Lean Rollie S. McGinnis Bobby S. Shackouls C. Travis Traylor, Jr.
David M. Weekley      

2017 Advisory Board

 John W. Allen Judge George H. Boyett  John Castellano Richard Claussen
Christopher A. Daniel Dr. James M. Douglas Cornelius Dupré, II Alan El-Lahham
Dr. David L. Ferris James C. Flores Lex Frieden Adrian Garcia
Raymond T. Garcia Robert W. Gibbs, Jr. Arthur R. Gralla, Jr. Dominique Guinand-Vargas
Robert L. Hargrave   Bernard A. Harris, Jr., Ph.D. W. David Harris Robert L. Hilsher
Howard W. House Vernon Jones Michael Kasecky Steven R. Knowles
Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee George S. Littell Mike Narvaez Christopher J. Pappas
Christopher J. Patton T. J. Raguso Jack P. Randall C. Bari Saunders
Brian G. Smith Samuel E. Stubbs William H. Wallace Alfred C. Warrington, IV
John Wilkirson William A. Young, Jr., Ed.D.    

2017 District Chairs

   
Robert D. Ausmus Walter Brookhart Nick Dockum Harry C. Drew
Andrew R. Friedman Craig A. George Christopher Gray Christopher K. Green
Steven Calens Haley Catherine Diane Harrison Bruce E. Hillegeist Gary A. Hinners
Paul C. Huttenhoff Dr. David A. Jackson William D. Marsh Michael W. Mathena
Randy Allen McQuay Kent Ross Nuttall Judge Russ Ridgway Stuart Lee Schroeder
Dr. Nathaniel Shelton, Jr. Brian K. Turner    

Our Youth

48,579 Total youth served in 1,693 units

26,781 Cub Scouts in 721 packs

Cub Scouting is a year-round program for boys in the 1st through 5th grade. The program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families through fun and challenging activities promoting education, character development and physical fitness. Members meet weekly in small groups called dens. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Cub Scouts work on award requirements at meetings and with their families. Many Cub Scout packs schedule camping trips or attend summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. During the summer, many individual Cub Scouts attend a district day camp.

16,084 Boy Scouts in 712 troops

Boy Scouting is an exciting leadership and character development program for young men who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. With the support of adult leaders, youth learn self-confidence and develop personal values guided by the ideals found in the Scout Oath and Law. The merit badge program develops skills in addition to and beyond the classroom. Members usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have a group activity once a month – typically a weekend camp-out. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer and winter camp each where they work on merit badges and enjoy other activities. Boy Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.

 

1,264 Venturers and Sea Scouts in 176 crews and ships

Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 years of age or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and are under 21 years of age. Through this youth-led program, members enjoy wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. They work in groups to learn teamwork, leadership, respect and responsibility. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills and service experiences. Typically, a Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, along with a monthly event or trip.

 

1,786 Explorers in 71 posts

Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Exploring units, called posts, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as law enforcement, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. This program, which gives youth a practical learning outlet, aligns Scouting closely with the business community in law enforcement, medical, fire fighting, engineering, aviation, science, law, government and public service.

 

 

2,664 Learning for Life Participants in 13 groups

The Learning for Life Curriculum is designed to help our youth develop social and life skills and helps them formulate positive personal values. It prepares them to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. Learning for Life also enhances a teacher's capacity to increase youth learning by using a fun and relevant curriculum. Youth build a greater understanding of real world situations and how to negotiate them. The Learning for Life Champions program provides students with mental disabilities additional help in developing social and personal, life and self-concept skills to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

Reaching More Lives

ScoutReach is the Sam Houston Area Council's initiative to provide an opportunity for all young people to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. The programs include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. ScoutReach gives special leadership and emphasis to economically-challenged youth via non-traditional methods. Through caring, well-trained, paid leadership, and with neighborhood partners who will provide a safe, regular meeting place, ScoutReach delivers a Scouting program to our most needy youth in the inner-city neighborhoods of Southeast Texas.  This program encourages parental involvement, but is fully subsidized through the council's annual operating budget. In 2017, this amounted to a total of $1,639,226.

 

2017 Highlights

As a result of our multi-year partnership, the Souper Bowl of Caring presented the Sam Houston Area Council with the 2017 Tackle Hunger Humanitarian - Outstanding Youth Organization Award.

         

Youth Served and Volunteers

  • 48,579  Total youth served in 2017
  • 44,129 Youth registered in Scouting programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing
  • 1,680 Youth participants in Exploring program
  • 2,664 Youth participating in school-based Learning for Life programs (includes special needs)
  • 17,692 Registered volunteer adult leaders
 

Finance*

  • $12,364,517  Operating expense
  • 1.6% Excess revenue over operating expense
  • $1,482,891 New permanently restricted endowment gifts
  • $254 Estimated dollar amount to support a youth in Scouting, Exploring, or Learning for Life
    *Numbers reflected are unaudited
 

Camping

  • 62% Cub Scouts participating in a camping experience
  • 72.3% Boy Scout and Varsity Scouts participating in a long-term camping or high advnture experience
 

Program

  • 1,120 New Eagle Scouts
  • 19,583 Cub Scout ranks earned
  • 6,445 Boy Scout ranks earned
  • 33,852 Merit badges earned
  • 473,426 Community service hours performed by Scouts and leaders



 

 
 
 
 

Scouts in Action

Scouting for Food

The value of serving others was practiced by the Scouts of the Sam Houston Area Council by participating in the service project Scouting for Food.  Partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring and area food banks, over 7,000 Scouts and leaders collected over 208,000 pounds of food.  The food was then distributed to those in need in our area. 

As a result of our multi-year partnership, the Souper Bowl of Caring presented the Sam Houston Area Council with the 2017 Tackle Hunger Humanitarian - Outstanding Youth Organization Award.

 

Recognitions

  • Kody Ngo and Oskar Oberg received the Honor Medal awarded for demonstrating unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to himself.
  • Jeremiah Farrell received the Certificate of Merit Award which is awarded to an individual who has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition.
  • Matthew Benavidez and Charles Dailey received the Medal of Merit Award presented to individuals who performed an act of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected. 

Oskar Oberg
Honor Medal

Kody NGO
Honor Medal

 

Scout Fair

In May, Scouts were able to witness “Scouts Today. Legends Tomorrow” at our annual Scout Fair. This year's Scout Fair, held at Minute Maid Park, is the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Thanks to a partnership with the Houston Astros, our Scouts were able to sell over 153,000 Scout Fair Coupon Books to help fund their programs.

 

      

      

 

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Scouts yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

The Sam Houston Area Council operates three camp properties in Texas. Through the initiatives of the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign, the Sam Houston Area Council strives to have camp properties that best serve the needs of Scouting in the 21st century.

 

Total campers:

 
District Day Camps 3,159 
Cub Scout Resident camp 353
Scouts attending long-term camp within Sam Houston Area Council 1,420 
Scouts attending long-term camp outside the council 5,664
Scouts attending High Adventure Camp 3,569

Total long-term camping:

 
Cub Scout 3,512
Boy Scouts and Venturers 11,204

Bovay Scout Ranch 

Scouts head to Bovay Scout Ranch, located three miles south of Navasota. The 1,488 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with several lakes teaming with a variety of fish. Nature study, bugs, animal tracks and conservation are vital elements of the camp program. George Lake offers paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, and rafting. The water park is the center of swimming and fun activities. Scouts also enjoy field sports, BMX, archery and rifles. There are two camps at Bovay Scout Ranch:

  • Resident camp is a three-night campout for Cub Scouts and includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM, exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
  • Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members and includes 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.

 

  • Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that can accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30 foot x 40 foot pavilion and one shower and restroom facility for every two campsites.
  • Tellepsen Scout Camp is the home of the council’s largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-stand gun range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range.
  • The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11-feet, 22-feet, 32-feet and 41-feet, where campers are able to climb the council’s highest climbing wall. 


 

 

Camp Brosig is available for weekend camping year-round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room are available and are used regularly for district camp-outs. This 92-acre property is located six miles north of Sealy, Texas in Austin County. 

 

On July 15th, a special decommissioning ceremony was held for El Rancho Cima. The day was highlighted by a summer camp staff reunion and final closing ceremony.

 

 

 

Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the council in June. The camps depend heavily on parents and volunteer leaders to spearhead the programming. Cubs Scouts participate in shooting BB guns and archery, playing sports and games, making crafts, learning Scout skills, participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earning rank advancements.

 

Camp Strake

The future Camp Strake will be located in a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring.

Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  1. The Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts and Venturers, and
  2. Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts/Venturers.

The camp is scheduled is to open in late 2019. That date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. For additional information about Camp Strake (design plans, construction schedule and periodic updates) please visit www.samhoustonbsa.org/camp-strake.

 

 

Producing Leaders

Eagle Scouts

In April of 2017, the Sam Houston Area Council held the New Eagle Scout Reception for the Eagle Scout Class of 2016. The 2015 Eagle Scout class was named in honor of Bob Tillerson.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout. This accomplishment is recognized worldwide and is seen as a positive achievement throughout an individual’s lifetime. The 2016 Eagle Scouts Class consisted of 1,112 new Eagle Scouts.

All Scouts are required to perform a service project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. A Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Scout class of 2016 completed over 140,000 hours of community service during their collective service projects.

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is presented to Eagle Scouts who have achieved extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was presented to Sam Houston Area Council Executive Committee Member Frank Tsuru.



Frank Tsuru
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award


National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to the following individuals:

 
Judge George H. Boyett 

Robert M. Collie, Jr.

James C. Flores
David G. Gaither

 

 

Christopher J. Patton

William L. Peel, Jr.

Richard E. Tauber


Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award recognizes a young man who has demonstrated excellence in his Eagle Scout service project. The award program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award was presented to Garrett Hermes. Garrett's Eagle Scout project consisted of building a 50-foot bridge that provided access from a recreation building to two stocked fishing ponds at Parks Youth Ranch in Richmond, Texas. Parks Youth Ranch is a home for homeless boys and girls ages 7 to 17.


Garrett Hermes
 

Honoring Volunteers

Council Recognition Reception

 

The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful to our nearly 19,000 volunteer adult leaders. On November 28, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted the annual Council Recognition Reception. The reception is held to honor adult volunteers who have received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, and other distinguished awards.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader.

2017 Silver Beaver Recipients
 
Robert Ausmus Robert Fuglaar David Rudzinski
Russell Carman Joan Gorney Douglas Sivula
Michael Cawley Dana Harkey Wendel Skolaski
Patricia Chapela Roger Hoover Steve Strake
Donna Coselli Richard Lipham Carl Soderland
Joseph Dante Eugene Manuel Howard Tomlinson
Ray Duerer Bill Peel Thien Tran
Cynthia Edwards Angela Repman Tina Turner
Kerin Farrell Timothy Richard Kelley Whitehead
Sergio Fernandez Bob Roy  
 

William H. Spurgeon Award

The William H. Spurgeon Award for contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program was presented to
Dr. Wanda Bamburg.


Dr. Wanda Bamburg
William H. Spurgeon Award

 

Celebrating Cultures

In November, the first Celebrating Cultures event was held at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.  This community and business leader networking event celebrated African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas. The event also recognized individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities to African American, Asian American and Hispanic American communities.

 

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds—this is in fulfillment of Whitney Young’s dream of justice and equality for all. The 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award was presented to Deborah & Louis McKinney 


Deborah & Louis McKinney
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
 

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth. The 2017 Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service award was presented to Ajey Chandra.


Ajey Chandra
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award
 

iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award for outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. The 2017 iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award was presented posthumously to Raul Dominguez.


The Family of Raul Dominguez
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting, the annual giving campaign of the Sam Houston Area Council, received 6,622 gifts which totaled $2,423,368.

Product Sales

The Sam Houston Area Council has two product-oriented fundraisers that help fund unit programs. 

  • The popcorn sale, which takes place in October and November, netted $1,050,065 in sales. 
  • The Scout Fair Coupon book, which featured coupons for Kroger and other retail partners, netted $672,536 in sales. Units who participate in the sale receive 33% of the generated funds.

Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner and Heroes of Harvey

Each year, the Distinguished Citizen/Family Award Dinner affords an opportunity to honor individuals or families who have made a distinct difference in the fabric of Southeast Texas. The 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award was presented to Richard A. Eichler. That evening, special recognition was given to "Heroes of Harvey," which saluted Scouts that went above and beyond the call of service during our community's time of need and assistance. The event generated net proceeds of $577,788 to support Scouting.

New Eagle Scout Reception

The New Eagle Scout Reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Houston and generated $69,957 in net proceeds. The event honored the 1,112 Eagle Scouts of the Bob Tillerson Eagle Scout Class of 2016.

Celebrating Cultures

Celebrating Cultures is a community and business leader networking event held to celebrate African-American, Asian and Hispanic cultures, and highlight the wonderful and unique food, beverages, dress and customs of these prominent cultures in Southeast Texas. The event also provided an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for under served youth in urban and rural areas. The net proceeds of the event totaled $61,248. The Honorees included: Ajey Chandra “Asian-American Spirit of Scouting Award;” Raul Dominguez “Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award;” and Deborah and Louis McKinney “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.”

Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

The 7th Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge, sponsored by Anadarko, was held at Competitive Edge Sports in Spring, Texas.  The event generated $148,022 in net proceeds.

United Way

The Sam Houston Area Council received $1,300,827 in support from our United Way partners, which included United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Baytown & Chambers County.

Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic

BlackHorse Golf Club hosted the 41st Annual Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic.  The event garnered $29,095 in net proceeds.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The 21st Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve.  The event generated $293,552 in net proceeds.

Endowment

In 2017, the Council received $1,482,891 in new gifts to the endowment.

Leaders of Tomorrow

In October 2014 the Sam Houston Area Council launched the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign. The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is designed to produce the funding to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families. The goal of the campaign is $43 million which will provide exemplary, sustainable, outdoor experiences and creative learning for 21st-century youth. As of December 31st, the campaign has achieved $25 million, which represents 58% of the goal.

 

 

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Sam Houston Area Council
2016 Annual Report

Leading Youth to Lifelong Values, Service and Achievement, Throughout Our Diverse Community.

Each year, the Sam Houston Area Council produces an annual report. This report is an overview of our accomplishments and provides an outline of the services provided to the 16 counties we serve. 

The council achieved the silver level status for 2016 in the National Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence performance program.
 

 

Our Leadership

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, 2016 was another exciting year for Scouting in Southeast Texas.

The Sam Houston Area Council served approximately 50,000 youth during 2016 through our Scouting, Exploring and school-based Learning for Life programs.  Our Scouting programs continue to offer varied opportunities to teach youth, enabling their strength of character, develop self-confidence, helping them grow in their leadership abilities, and duty to God. Fostering their talents and inspiring them with service projects and citizenship activities is how we help our community, nation and world become a better place.

In November, a special event called “Eagles Among Us” honored the 100th anniversary of Eagle Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Our special guest, Rex W. Tillerson, former BSA National President (and now U.S. Secretary of State) delivered the keynote address.  This event capped a year in which a new class of 1,112 Scouts joined the council’s ranks of Eagle Scouts.

Camping is a foundation of Scouting and our Scouts and their leaders spent over 68,000 nights of camping at our camp properties in 2016.  The Sam Houston Area Council plans to be a leader among Scout organizations by having first-class, well-maintained camping facilities that provide safe, fun and educational outdoor programs for our Scouts. Our vision is to provide “Exemplary, Sustainable Outdoor Experiences and Creative Learning for 21st Century Youth and Their Leaders.” 

Part of this vision was realized in October at a special ground-breaking ceremony for our new Camp Strake. The future camp will be located on a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring. Camp Strake, scheduled to open in summer 2019, will offer state-of-the-art facilities and memorable experiences for Scouts and their leaders.  

Community service and Scouting go hand in hand.  Our Scouts and volunteers gave back with nearly 415,000 hours of community service during 2016.  They collected over 200,000 pounds of food during the annual Scouting for Food/Souper Bowl of Caring in February, food that was distributed to needy families throughout our 16-county area.

As a key measure of our membership strength, quality programming, community service and financial health, the Boy Scouts of America recognized our Council with Silver Level status in the national Journey to Excellence program.

All these successes in 2016 were made possible by tireless efforts from approximately 18,000 volunteers and adult leaders.  Thanks to your support and to their commitment to Scouting, we continue to lead youth to life-long values, service and achievement.

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board

Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Thomas O. Varnell 
CEO/Scout Executive

 

2016 Officers and Executive Committee

Richard A. Eichler
Chair of the Board
Forrest J. Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner
Rodney W. Eads
Immediate Past Chair
Thomas O. Varnell
CEO/Scout Executive
Charles E. Schneider
Treasurer
Steven D. Oldham
Assistant Treasurer
Nelson R. Block
Legal Counsel
Daniel D. Domeracki
Vice Chair - Development
J. Webb Jennings, III
Vice Chair - Endowment
Paul Jukes, Ph.D.
Vice Chair - Exploring
Brian W. Foster
Vice Chair - Field Operations
Allen D. Brown
Vice Chair - Finance
 William L. Peel, Jr.
Vice Chair - Sales & Marketing
Deborah A. Rollinson
Vice Chair - Membership Operations
Lionel R. Jellins
Vice Chair - Membership Relationships
Diane M. Cannon
Vice Chair - Program
Alberto Santos, Jr.
Vice Chair - Real Estate
George A. DeMontrond, III
Vice Chair
William J. Carr William H. Caudill
David E. Creasey Charles D. Davidson Stewart W. Gagnon Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr.
W. David Harris Judge Edith H. Jones Victor H. Koosh Roger C. Mosby
Stephen D. Strake Howard T. Tellepsen, Jr. Frank D. Tsuru John B. Walker
David M. Weekley Theodore J. Wojnar, Jr. Susan E. Yeldell  

 

2016 Board of Directors

 John W. Allen W. Reynard Alton Robert David Ausmus*  James D. Beesley* 
Michael L. Behounek* Daniel G. Bellow Judge Alfred H. Bennett Meherwan P. Boyce, Ph.D.
William H. Breetz, Jr.  Mark A. Bricker*  Jesse A. Burgos Victor Burk
Lytle D. Burns Charles A. Calderwood  John Castellano Hershell W. Cavin
Bryant L. Chapman* Felix Chevalier William E. Chiles Daniel J. Churay
Tony L. Council   Chris Daniel Rod Desroches Mark D. Dieckmann*
Dan O. Dinges  Nick Dockum* Raul Dominguez Cornelius Dupre' II
Jeffrey B. Early  James C. Flores Michael Fossum  Lex Frieden 
O. Duane Gaither, II Adrian Garcia Raymond T. Garcia Sergio Garza
Robert W. Gibbs, Jr. Christopher K. Green* Dominique Guinand-Vargas Florencio Gutierrez, Jr.
John P. Hansen*  Bernard A. Harris, Jr., Ph.D. Sheriff Ron Hickman Shad A. Higdon 
Bruce Hillegeist* Gary A. Hinners* Judge David Hittner Michael Holthouse
Harold S. Hook Roger F. Hoover* Howard W. House James Huguenard
David A. Jackson, Ph.D.*   Carl A. Joiner* Brent M. Jones James J. Kleckner
David R. Klein Marc J. Krebs Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee William B. Lee, Ph.D.
C. James Looke, III J. Kent Marsh* William D. Marsh* Michael W. Mathena*
Wilburn McDonald Randy Allen McQuay* Claudia Mollerup-Madsen Kent Ross Nuttall* 
Daniel G. Ownby  Michael L. Patrick Charles Penland  Marc-Emmanuel Portal, Ph.D.
T. J. Raguso  Christopher J. Pappas  Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.   Stephen M. Redding 
Albert L. Richey  Judge Russ Ridgway Robert H. Roy, Jr. C. Bari Saunders 
 Stuart L. Schroeder* Richard A. Shappard Nathaniel Shelton, Jr., DVM*  Wendel Skolaski
Charles M. Sledge Ann A. Stanislaw  Samuel E. Stubbs David Sweeney*
Richard E. Tauber  Trent D. Tellepsen Howard M. Tomlinson*  S. Nick Vellani
Arden L. Walker, Jr. Judson B. Walker William H. Wallace W. Lane Ward
Robert Weeks John Wilkirson Matthew Woodruff*  Ellis R. Wyms*
William A. Young, Jr., Ed.D.      
 *District Chairman

 

2016 Honorary Life Board

Robert J. Allison, Jr. John W. Anderson Victor G. Beghini Ernest H. Cockrell
James H. DeNike  Orville D. Gaither Emmett A. Humble Walter E. Johnson
Douglas G. MacLean Rollie S. McGinnis Bobby S. Shackouls L. E. Simmons
Marvin L. Smith George W. Strake, Jr.    

 

2016 Advisory Board

Norlyn L. Allison Judge George H. Boyett Sonia Clayton John Crafton
Robert E. Creager Louis B. Cushman Dr. James M. Douglas  David L. Ferris Ph.D.
Arthur R. Gralla, Jr.  Terry B. Grier, Ph.D. Robert L. Hargrave Les Hiller 
Robert L. Hilsher  Jerry W. Ison Wayne D. Johnson Vernon T. Jones, Jr.
Michael Kasecky Steven R. Knowles David Lattin Rev. William A. Lawson
George S. Littell Mike Narvaez Steve Payne Daniel H. Pears 
Jack P. Randall Brian G. Smith J. Steve Taylor Alfred C. Warrington, IV 
Walter T. Weathers, III Clay C. Williams     

Our Youth

“I have seen my child grow in mind and spirit through Scouting.  He has learned how to speak with adults and in front of a group, and has learned leadership skills that will be useful later in his life.” - Boy Scout parent

49,729 Total youth served in 1,776 units

27,247 Cub Scouts in 748 packs

Cub Scouting is a year-round program for boys in the 1st through 5th grade. The program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families through fun and challenging activities promoting education, character development and physical fitness. Members meet weekly in small groups called dens. Once a month, all the dens meet together as a pack. Cub Scouts work on award requirements at meetings and with their families. Many Cub Scout packs schedule camping trips or attend summer resident camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. During the summer, many individual Cub Scouts attend a district day camp.

16,341 Boy Scouts in 735 troops

Boy Scouting is an exciting leadership and character development program for young men who are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. With the support of adult leaders, youth learn self-confidence and develop personal values guided by the ideals found in the Scout Oath and Law. The merit badge program develops skills in addition to and beyond the classroom. Members usually meet once a week as an entire troop, and then have a group activity once a month – typically a weekend camp-out. Scout troops are encouraged to attend a week of summer and winter camp each where they will work on merit badges and enjoy other activities. Boy Scouts also organize and take part in community service projects, benefiting neighborhoods, schools, churches and more.

 

1,593 Venturers and Sea Scouts in 209 crews and ships

Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 years of age or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and are under 21 years of age. Through this youth-led program, members enjoy wilderness survival camping, emergency preparedness, high adventure camping, search and rescue training and more. They work in groups to learn teamwork, leadership, respect and responsibility. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills and service experiences. Typically, a Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship will meet at least once a month, along with a monthly event or trip.

 

1,761 Explorers in 65 posts

Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Exploring units, called posts, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as law enforcement, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity. This program, which gives youth a practical learning outlet, aligns Scouting closely with the business community in law enforcement, medical, fire fighting, engineering, aviation, science, law, government and public service.

2,692 Learning for Life Participants in 14 groups

The Learning for Life Curriculum is designed to help our youth develop social and life skills and helps them formulate positive personal values. It prepares them to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. Learning for Life also enhances a teacher's capacity to increase youth learning by using a fun and relevant curriculum. Youth build a greater understanding of real world situations and how to negotiate them. The Learning for Life Champions program provides students with mental disabilities additional help in developing social and personal, life and self-concept skills to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency.

 

95 STEM Scouts in 5 Labs

In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council participated in a national pilot program called STEM Scouts. A coed program of the Boy Scouts of America, STEM Scouts offers a Scouting experience with less emphasis on the outdoors. STEM Scouts follows the Scout Oath and Law with the goal of producing young men and women who are leaders, who display confidence, realize their skills and limitations, are respectful of others’ opinions, are problem solvers in all aspects of life, look for opportunities to serve others, are good citizens, and demonstrate integrity in all phases of life.

 

Reaching More Lives

Scoutreach is the Sam Houston Area Council's initiative to provide an opportunity for all young people to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. The programs include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. Scoutreach gives special leadership and emphasis to economically-challenged youth via non-traditional methods. Through caring, well-trained, paid leadership, and with neighborhood partners who will provide a safe, regular meeting place, Scoutreach delivers a Scouting program to our most needy youth in the inner-city neighborhoods of Southeast Texas.  This program encourages parental involvement, but is fully subsidized through the council's annual operating budget. In 2016, this amounted to a total of $2,157,043.

 

2016 Highlights

“My son gets introduced to leadership opportunities, skill development, exposure to many different career and hobby options, confidence building, and development of self-sufficiency.” - Boy Scout parent

         

Youth Served and Volunteers

  • 49,729  Total youth served in 2016
  • 45,181 Youth registered in Scouting programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing
  • 1,761 Youth participants in Exploring program
  • 2,692 Youth participating in school-based Learning for Life programs (includes special needs)
  • 95 Youth participants in STEM Scout program
  • 18,640 Registered volunteer adult leaders
 

Finance*

  • $11,969,543  Operating expense
  • 2.1% Excess revenue over operating expense
  • $1,154,168 New permanently restricted endowment gifts
  • $241 Estimated dollar amount to support a youth in Scouting, Exploring, or Learning for Life
    *Numbers reflected are unaudited
 

Camping

  • 68,681 Days camped at council properties
 

Program

  • 1,112 New Eagle Scouts
  • 22,117 Cub Scout ranks earned
  • 9,019 Boy Scout ranks earned
  • 41,856 Merit badges earned
  • 414,571 Community service hours preformed by Scouts and leaders



 

Ground-Breaking at Camp Strake

On October 20, 2016, members of the Strake family and representatives from the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Camp Strake. Camp Strake is currently being built at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen, in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders. 


Sales and Onboarding

In 2016, the council received a remarkable opportunity to directly impact the growth of membership and units through a gift restricted for creating a new sales department. This sparked the creation of our new Sales and Onboarding Department, which includes sales associates, new unit onboarding specialists and BeAScout.org customer service representatives.  The council is making great strides in changing our culture to become both a service and sales organization.


Exploring Program Cultivation Luncheon

In October, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted a luncheon to highlight the Exploring program in Southeast Texas. In attendance were representatives from over 20 law enforcement administrations who were invited to attend by Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. The key note address was given by R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Commissioner Kerlikowske is head of the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government and also serves as chairman of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. In his address, Commissioner Kerlikowske spoke about the importance of young people’s involvement in Exploring. The event introduced the Exploring program to law-enforcement organizations from our area.


 Scouts in Action

“I enjoy being exposed to experiences that I never would've gotten without Scouts and I've made friends that I will have for a lifetime.” - Boy Scout youth

Scouting for Food

The value of serving others was practiced by the Scouts of the Sam Houston Area Council by participating in the service project Scouting for Food.  Partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring and area food banks, over 17,000 Scout leaders and Scouts collected over 200,000 pounds of food.  The food was then distributed to those in need in our area. The Cockrell Scout Center served as the kickoff location for this year's Souper Bowl of Caring campaign.

    

 

Recognitions

  • Cody Atkins and Nicholas Latiolas received the Honor Medal awarded for demonstrating unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to himself.
  • Blage Ledbetter and Joe Paneitz received the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms awarded to those who have demonstrated both unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self.
 

Cody Atkins
Honor Medal

Nicholas Latiolas
Honor Medal

Blage Ledbetter
Honor Medal with Crossed Palms

Joe Paneitz
Honor Medal with Crossed Palms

 

Scout Fair

In April, Scouts were able to “Take Flight with Scouting” at our annual Scout Fair. This year's Scout Fair, held at NRG Arena, is the largest gathering of Scouts and leaders in the Sam Houston Area Council.  Thanks to a partnership with iFLY Indoor Skydiving, our Scouts were able to sell over 153,000 Scout Fair Coupon Book to help fund their programs.

        

   

 

 

Outdoor Learning

“Scouting has allowed me to be a part of a team, learn leadership skills, camping and the many merit badge skills. I have been able to go camping with friends at places I would never have an opportunity to visit.” -Boy Scout youth

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Scouts yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

The Sam Houston Area Council operates three camp properties in Texas. Through the initiatives of the Leaders of Tomorrow campaign, the Sam Houston Area Council strives to have camp properties that best serve the needs of Scouting in the 21st century.

Bovay Scout Ranch 

Scouts head to Bovay Scout Ranch, located three miles south of Navasota. The 1,488 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with several lakes teaming with a variety of fish. Nature study, bugs, animal tracks and conservation are vital elements of the camp program. George Lake offers paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, and rafting. The water park is the center of swimming and fun activities. Scouts also enjoy field sports, BMX, archery and rifles. There are two camps at Bovay Scout Ranch:

McNair Cub Adventure Camp - 15,054 total campers

  • Resident camp is a three-night campout for Cub Scouts and includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM, exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
  • Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members and includes 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.

Tellepsen Scout Camp – 6,033 total campers

  • Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that can accommodate 48 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30 feet x 40 feet pavilion and one shower and restroom facility for every two campsites.
  • Tellepsen Scout Camp is the home of the council’s largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-stand gun range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range.
  • The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11-feet, 22-feet, 32-feet and 41-feet, where campers are able to climb the council’s highest climbing wall. 


 

Camp Brosig – 6,373 total campers

Camp Brosig is available for weekend camping year-round. With 20 campsites, a large covered pavilion and meeting room are available, and are used regularly for district camp-outs. This 92-acre property is located six miles north of Sealy, Texas in Austin County. 

 

El Rancho Cima – 4,370 total campers (includes 3,120 weekend)

El Rancho Cima is located on the Devil’s Backbone in the Texas Hill Country near Wimberley, Texas. It is the home for three very unique camps for Boy Scouts and Venturers: Cockrell River Camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, and Hamman High Adventure Base at Ironwheel Mesa. The Rough Riders program at the Hamman High Adventure Base includes a sky bridge to a 1,000 ft. and a 2,000 ft. zip line. Scouts enjoy overnight horseback treks, black powder shooting and rock cliff rappelling in the outback of El Rancho Cima. A COPE course tests their leadership skills. The Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has the Carole and Jim Looke Equestrian Center along with swimming pool facilities. Programs include the Native American Village, Cowboy Camp, horseback riding, kayaking courses, archery, rifles and a six-stage shotgun shooting range in the Walter Shooting Sports Complex.

 

Day Camps – 6,017 total campers

Cub Scout day camps are held throughout the council in June. The camps depend heavily on parents and leader volunteers to spearhead the programming. Cubs Scouts participate in shooting BB guns and archery, playing sports and games, making crafts, learning Scout skills, participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earning rank advancements.

 

Camp Strake

In October of 2016, a special ground-breaking ceremony for Camp Strake was held. The future Camp Strake will be located in a rural site adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest located near the community of Evergreen, Texas, which is between New Waverly and Coldspring.

Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders and will have two distinct sections:

  1. Scout camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts and Venturers, and
  2. Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts/Venturers.

The camp’s schedule is to open in the summer of 2019. That date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. For additional information about Camp Strake (design plans, construction schedule and periodic updates) please visit www.samhoustonbsa.org/camp-strake.

              

 

Producing Leaders

“Scouting helps build good character traits and learn how to be self-sustaining and achieve goals.” - Boy Scout parent

Eagle Scouts

On May 15, 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council held the New Eagle Scout Reception for the Eagle Scout Class of 2015. The 2015 Eagle Scout class was named in honor of H. Palmer Melton, the first Sam Houston Area Council Eagle Scout.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout. The accomplishment is recognized worldwide and is seen as a positive achievement throughout an individual’s lifetime. The 2015 Eagle Scouts Class consisted of 1,014 new Eagle Scouts.

All Scouts are required to perform a service project in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. A Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project. The Eagle Scout Class of 2015 completed over 139,000 hours of community service during their collective service projects.

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is presented to Eagle Scouts who have achieved extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was presented to Sam Houston Area Council Honorary Life Board Member L.E. Simmons.


L.E. Simmons
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award


National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a prestigious recognition given to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to the following individuals:

 
Justice Jeff Brown
Eagle Class of 1978

Dr. Glenn Buckley
Eagle Class of 1960

Dan Domeracki
Eagle Class of 1968
Lamar Evans
Eagle Class of 1950

 

 

Trey Jackson
Eagle Class of 1981

Dr. Don Leever
Eagle Class of 1966

William H. Wallace
Eagle Class of 1965


Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award recognizes a young man who has demonstrated excellence in their Eagle Scout service project. The award program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

The Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award was presented to Mattison Gibson. Mattison's Eagle Scout project consisted of building two additional walls and modifying existing walls of a climbing tower at a camp for disabled children.


Mattison Gibson
 

Honoring Volunteers

“I have learned from other Scouts and other people around me. This is very valuable to me because it can help me in ways that I can use in life. I can pass this down to younger generations and not just Scouts.” - Boy Scout youth

Council Recognition Reception

 

The Sam Houston Area Council is grateful to our nearly 19,000 volunteer adult leaders. On October 25, the Sam Houston Area Council hosted the annual Council Recognition Reception. The reception is held to honor adult volunteers who have received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader, and other distinguished awards.

Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. This is the highest recognition a council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader.

2016 Silver Beaver Recipients
 
Susie Becvar Karan Garske Mark Randall
Bill Breetz Stephen Greenwade William Repman
Walter Brookhart Susan Hansen Mike Sheets
David Brown Kevin Henao Stephen Sheward
Rodger Brown Magdaleno Jaramillo Steve Smallwood
Simone Brown James Kennedy Gordon Start
Victor Burk Walter Luckett Bob Steubing
Michael Campbell Denise Milby Bobby Ray Williams, Jr.
Neal Farmer Michael Narvaez Richard Williams
Duane Gaither Guy Allen Parker Danny Wilson
 

William H. Spurgeon Award

The William H. Spurgeon Award for contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program was presented to Robert Weeks.

 

Robert Weeks
William H. Spurgeon Award

 

Multicultural Awards Luncheon

The Multicultural Awards Luncheon, held on October 19, was an event conducted to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities to African American, Asian American and Hispanic American communities.

 

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds—this is in fulfillment of Whitney Young’s dream of justice and equality for all. The 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award was presented to both Susan Alexander and David Jackson.


Susan Alexander
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award
David Jackson
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

 
 

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award for outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth. The 2016 Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service award was presented to John “Jack” Metcalfe.

 


John "Jack" Metcalfe
Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

 

 

iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award for outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. The 2016 iScouting!... Vale la Pena! Service Award was presented to The Harris County Sheriff Department and Alberto “Beto” Santos, Jr.

Harris County Sheriff Department
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!
Alberto "Beto" Santos, Jr.
iScouting!... Vale la Pena!

Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting, the annual giving campaign of the Sam Houston Area Council, received 10,473 gifts which totaled $2,694,663.

Product Sales

The Sam Houston Area Council has two product-oriented fundraisers that help fund unit programs. 

  • The popcorn sale, which takes place in October and November, netted $867,291 in sales. 
  • The Scout Fair Coupon book, which featured coupons for Kroger and other retail partners, netted $637,624 in sales. Units who participate in the sale receive 33% of the generated funds.

Eagles Among Us

In 2016, the Sam Houston Area Council celebrated 100 years of Eagle Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council. On November 2, 2016 a special evening showcasing the history of Eagle Scouts in our council was held at the Hilton Americas. Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation served as the key note speaker.  The event generated net proceeds of $330,955 to support Scouting.

 

 

New Eagle Scout Reception

The New Eagle Scout Reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Houston and generated $82,668 in net proceeds. The event honored the 1,014 Eagle Scouts of the H. Palmer Melton Eagle Scout Class of 2015.

Multicultural Awards Luncheon

The Multicultural Awards Luncheon is an event to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward implementing Scouting opportunities for under-served youth in urban and rural areas. The net proceeds of the event totaled $34,453. The Honorees included: Jack Metcalfe “Asian-American Spirit of Scouting Award;” Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Beto Santos “Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award;” Susan Alexander and Dr. David Jackson “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.”

Corporate Dodgeball Challenge

The 6th Annual Corporate Dodgeball Challenge, sponsored by Anadarko, was held at Competitive Edge Sports in Spring, Texas.  The event generated $151,484 in net proceeds.

United Way

The Sam Houston Area Council received $1,382,187 in support from our United Way partners, which included United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County United Way and United Way of Greater Baytown & Chambers County.

Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic

BlackHorse Golf Club hosted the 40th Annual Sam Houston Area Council Golf Classic.  The event garnered $60,416 in net proceeds.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The 20th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was held at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve.  The event generated $289,000 in net proceeds.

Cockrell Foundation Matching Gifts

Since 2010, The Cockrell Foundation has matched contributions to endowment for individual gifts from $500 to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000. In 2016, 76 donors gave $352,663 to the endowment. The Cockrell Foundation matched these gifts with their own contribution of $352,663 to the endowment.

Leaders of Tomorrow

In October 2014 the Sam Houston Area Council launched the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign. The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is designed to produce the funding to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families. The goal of the campaign is $43 million to provide exemplary, sustainable, outdoor experiences and creative learning for 21st century youth. As of December 31st, the campaign has achieved $25 million, which represents 58% of the goal.

 

 

Financial Statement

 

Click here to view the 2016 Sam Houston Area Council Auditor's Report.

 

 

 

 

 

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