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The Boy Scouts of America provides programs for boys ages 7-20 and girls ages 14-20.
Cub Scouts is a program designed to meet the needs of young boys, by offering fun and challenging activities to promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness.
Scouts BSA is a program for youth ages 11 through 17, designed to develop character, citizenship, and fitness.
Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old.
Sea Scouts is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age through 20 years old with a special interest in aquatic activities.
Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 to 20 years old.
The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of activities in which packs, troops, teams, crews and ships are invited to participate.
Advancement & Awards
Scouts are rewarded for each achievement, which helps him or her gain self-confidence.
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting.
Scout Days are opportunities for Scouts and their families to receive discounts on events with our community partners. Many of our partners also offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Scouts.
Scout Fair is an exposition of Scouting activities presented by units from across the council. Scouts and families can visit hundreds of booths and displays.
Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.”
Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader.
New Eagle Scout Reception
Eagle Scouts are recognized at the New Eagle Scout Reception. The evening is underwritten with sponsorships.
The Sam Houston Area Council is divided into 26 geographic districts.
Aquila District is in the South Division and serves the southwest area of the Houston ISD attendance zones of Harris County, including Sharpstown, Bellaire, Meyerland, and Braes Oak.
Arrowhead District is in the South Division and serves Scouts living in the Alief and Fort Bend (north of US-59 in Fort Bend County) school districts.
Arrowmoon District is in the North Division and serves Anderson-Shiro, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Huntsville, Madisonville County Navasota and Richards school districts.
Big Cypress is in the West Division and serves the northwest area of the Cy-Fair ISD attendance zones of Harris County, including Cypress, Bridgeland and Fairfield.
Brahman is in the South Division and serves Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties.
Brazos District is in the South Division and serves Lamar CISD and Needville ISD in Fort Bend County.
Copperhead District is in the West Division and serves the southwest side of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD south of West Rd and west of Eldridge Pkwy.
David Crockett District is located in the West Division and serves Bellville, Brazos. Brenham, Burton, Hempstead, Sealy, Somerville and Waller school districts.
Flaming Arrow is in the East Division and serves Scouts living in the Splendora, New Caney, Huffman and Humble school districts.
George Strake is the Frontier Division and serves Scouts living in the Conroe, New Waverly, Trinity and Willis school districts.
Iron Horse is in the North Division and serves Scouts living in the Spring and Klein school districts (east of Kuykendahl).
Lone Star is in the East Division and serves Scouts living in Houston schools in Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Acres Homes, the Heights, Independence Heights, North side of Downtown Houston, Magnolia, Denver Harbor, Wallisville Road and Port of Houston area.
Mustang District is in the South Division and serves Scouts living in the Spring Branch and Houston (north of Westheimer and outside of Beltway 8) school districts.
Orion District is in the North Division and serves Scouts living in the Tomball, Magnolia and Montgomery school districts.
Phoenix District is located in the North Division and serves Scouts living in the Klein school district (west of Kuykendahl).
Raven District is in the East Division and serves Scouts living in East Houston, Barbers Hill, Galena Park, Goose Creek CISD, Channelview, Crosby, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu school districts.
San Jacinto District is located in the East Division and serves Clear Creek ISD, Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD and the Pasadena area.
The Scoutreach service area is a non-traditional school based program. Scouting paraprofessionals support units in select schools in the Aldine ISD, Alief ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD, Lamar ISD, North Forest ISD, and Spring Branch ISD.
Soaring Eagle is in the West Division and serves Scouts living in the eastern area of the Cy-Fair school district.
Texas Skies is in the West Division and serves Scouts living in the Katy and Royal school districts.
Thunder Wolf is in the South Division and serves Scouts living in the Fort Bend school district (south of US-59 in Fort Bend county).
Twin Bayou is in the East Division and serves Scouts living in southwest area of Houston school district, including West University, Tanglewilde, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Neartown, Galleria, Tanglewood and Westchase.
W.L. Davis is located in the East Division and serves Scouts living in the south region of the Houston, inner city Houston, Third Ward, Sunnyside, and Hiram Clarke area.
Help ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts.
The Corporate Dodgeball Challenge is a fundraiser to support council programs. As many as 60 ten-man player teams compete for the championship cup.
Endowment gifts ensure that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years.
Houston Sports Breakfast
The Houston Sports Breakfast is an opportunity to honor an individual for making a difference in the greater Houston area. Proceeds support the programs of the council.
Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign
The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is an initiative to unleash the potential of our programs and camp properties to best serve the needs of Scouting families in the 21st century.
Memorials and Tributes
Memorials and tributes are a gratifying way for individuals, businesses, or groups to remember special friends.
Other Ways to Give
Help ensure the success of Scouting by donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, services, company matching gifts, and company volunteer grants.
Donors can use giving to achieve personal goals, enhance your financial security, and to help shape the future of Scouting.
Sporting Clays Tournament
The Sporting Clays Tournament is an annual event to support the council's programs for at-risk youth. Up to one hundred four-person teams can compete in the shot gun shooting game.
A variety of resources are available to assist parents and leaders in their Scouting efforts.
Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. The commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units.
District leaders ensure the growth and success of units within the district’s territory. Districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions: membership, finance, program, and unit service.
Enterprise Risk Management
BSA puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth and adult leadership.
A variety of forms and resources are available.
Internet Advancement / Scoutbook
Journey to Excellence
Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success, and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils.
A variety of Leader Guide's are available to assist parents and leaders in their Scouting efforts.
Membership recruitment efforts take place throughout the year. Our main objective is to ensure that every youth is invited to join Scouting, and to fulfill our promise to new Scouts for a great Scouting program.
Every December, all units (packs, troops, teams, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting.
Roundtable is a monthly program offered by districts that gives leaders hands-on experience and provides a forum for leaders to offer and receive help from their fellow Scouters.
There are five Scout Shops in the area to get all of your Scouting supplies.
Scouts with Special Needs
The council is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable to all Scouts, regardless of their abilities.
The uniform bank offers assistance to Scouts who would not otherwise be able to purchase a uniform.
Business-like finance management not only assures that your unit will remain solvent and have what it needs when it needs it,
Audited Financials/Form 990
Eagle Scout Association
Cub Scout Camping
Adventure Camp Feedback
Resident Camp Feedback
Webelos Coyote Xtreme
Scouts BSA Camping
Bovay Scout Ranch
Camp Brosig Evaluation
Tellepsen Scout Camp
Florida Sea Base
National Scout Jamboree
Sam Houston Area Council Camp Guidelines and Policies
The most recent updates to BSA's
Guide to Safe Scouting policies
must be followed and all Scouting activities be conducted in a safe and prudent manner including using the
Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
Every participant must have a
BSA Health and Medical Report
Each registered group must provide a minimum of two-deep leadership and adequate supervision. Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (use the latest version of
Youth Protection and Adult Leadership
Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs
Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner), Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may participate in family camping. "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection policies apply."
Overnight camping by Lion, Tiger, Wolf, or Bear Cub Scouts as dens is prohibited. A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult.
Resident camp and adventure camping:
Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner) can participate in council-organized family camping or resident camping. In special circumstances, a Cub Scout (Wolf, Bear, Webelos Scout) whose parent or legal guardian is not able to attend an overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of another registered adult member of the BSA who is a parent of a Cub Scout who is also attending. The unit leader and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply. At no time may another adult accept responsibility for more than one additional “non-family member” youth.
All registered BSA adults must take
Youth Protection Training (YPT) online
. All parents attending a campout are highly encouraged to take YPT.
For pack family camping/overnighters:
"At least one adult on a pack family campout/overnighter must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection policies, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation."
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For Webelos den camping:
At least one adult must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection policies, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation.
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Every group must submit a
listing all participants.
ANY incident that requires the intervention of medical personnel, involves emergency responders, or results in a response beyond Scout-rendered first aid must be
. Near miss incidents (does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so) should also be
Seat belts are required for all occupants. Passengers may not ride on the rear deck of a station wagon. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers except in the cab. Trailers must never be used for carrying passengers.
should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.
Damage to equipment and facilities
: Report all lost or broken equipment to the camp ranger or campmaster.
All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.
must be attended at all times. Extinguished fire before leaving camp. Do not use liquid accelerants. The use of liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited.
All vehicles must have a vehicle pass. These are available upon arrival at check-in. Speed Limits are 25 mph on main roads and 10 mph in campsites areas.
are not allowed in camp except for guide dogs.
Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.
Catch and release fishing is allowed at council camps except for Camp Brosig. Bring your own poles. Fishing licenses are not required.
Scouts should conduct a police line where Scouts stand within arm’s length of each other and walk the entire campsite picking up all trash. Make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed.
The following items are not allowed at council camps:
Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
Skates and roller blades
Personally owned firearms
Personally owned archery equipment
Personally owned crossbows
Personally owned slingshots or projectiles
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