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Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:55:00 AM

Cub Scout Meetings During Covid-19

Wednesday, September 30, 2020  |  7:00 pm

Communities across the nation are working to manage the spread of Covid-19. As a result, many packs are challenged with meeting safely, as well as finding locations to meet. In the next Back to Scouting webinar, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Best Practices for Virtual Meetings
  • Making In-Person Meetings Fun and Safe
  • Ideas on Where to Meet
  • Best Practices for Recruiting

All this, plus lots of other updates!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Council Coordinated on October 15th 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:49:00 PM

October 15, 2020  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm  |  Virtual

Council Coordinated is a triannual meeting for district leadership to receive updates from the council. 

The council is excited to invite you to the first virtual Council Coordinated Meeting. Registrants will be registered for the general session and their chosen breakout session. Registrants will also receive the Zoom link by email and email reminders.


Breakout sessions:

  • District activity and program chairs
  • District advancement chairs
  • District chair and vice-chairs
  • District commissioners and ADCs
  • District finance chairs
  • District membership operations teams
  • District training chairs
  • Enterprise Risk Management committee
  • Recharter Team

Adventure Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:32:00 PM

For the fall of 2020, Adventure Camp will be a half-day event at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, Tx. Cub Scouts (accompanied by a parent or guardian) can participate in an exciting variety of activities such as archery, BB guns, fishing, and sports (or a haunted hike in October). 

Trained staffers will provide program supplies and will lead the activities.

The most recent State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and spots will be limited. Groups will rotate together during the event will not mix with other groups.

Learn More and Register

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; sessions fill up fast. Registration is completed by individual families. The registration fee is $25 per Scout and includes a patch and program supplies. A parent or guardian must attend with each Scout. 

Fall Adventure Camps will be half-day events.

• September 26, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
• October 17, 2020  | 1:00 - 8:45 pm (Spookoree)
• October 24, 2020  | 1:00 - 8:45 pm (Spookoree)
• November 21, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
• December 5, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


For more information, visit


SHAC Promote Scouting Decorating Contest 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:42:00 AM

We want to reach out to each potential Cub Scout and their family with a personal invitation to join a pack within our council, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends.

Get creative and promote Scouting and your pack could win a family camping weekend at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Official Rules:

  • Decorate with the colors blue and gold/yellow
  • Include the words “Join Cub Scouts” or “Join Cub Scouting.”
  • Include “Text ‘Cub Scout’ to 31996” and go to for more information.
  • Consider decorating homes, vehicles, yards, community centers, HOA buildings or businesses.
  • Post on personal Facebook pages and tag the council (@shac.bsa).
  • Most importantly, have fun, be creative, and get the entire pack involved.
  • Submit entries by 10/15/2020 to

The top pack from each district will win a free weekend of family camping during the spring of 2021 at Bovay Scout Ranch. During family camping, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. For more information about recruiting, visit

When a Scout joins Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. 

Merit Badge Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 21, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 21

Camp Strake
Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331
Latitude and Longitude: 30.617127, -95.247358

9:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  Check-in begins at 8:40 am

merit badge sash

Scouts in troops can participate in merit badge classes held at the new Camp Strake on various Saturdays in the fall.

State of Texas and Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and class sizes will be limited. Classes will stay together for the day and will not mix with other groups. Parents will drop off and pick up their Scout at the merit badge class. Scouts will go through a medical screening up arrival.

Learn More and Register


For more information, visit

2020 Silver Beaver Award Recipients 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:00:00 PM

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established.

The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1,500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner.

Congratulations to the 2020 Silver Beaver Recipients. The awards will presented at the Council Recognition Reception.

2020 Silver Beaver Recipients

Pablo Canovas  
Bill Caudill  
David Crawfoot  
David Godell  
Judy Lizarraga  
Sandra Luckett  
Jennifer Mikes  
Timothy Perkins  
David Proctor  
Kevin Renfro  
Valerie Richardson  
L.E. Simmons  
LeRoy (Pete) Sprunger  
Martin Stakes  
Douglas Strain  
Suzanne Weaver  
Chip Whitley  
Aurelia Zapata  

   Complete list of Silver Beaver Recipients

Council Recognition Reception

November TBD, 2020, 7:30 pm

Chapelwood United Methodist Church
11140 Greenbay St., Houston TX 77024

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and Heroism Awards. Join your fellow Scouters in recognizing the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter. The William H. Spurgeon III Award and Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards are also presented.


For more information, contact the council recognition committee

Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:00:00 AM

October 17, 2020  |  10:00 am - 3:00 pm  |  Virtual

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and is held the 3rd weekend of October. This event utilizes the internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world.

JOTI@SHAC is holding a virtual training focused on introducing leaders to JOTI.

Sessions start each hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 am. Each session last less than one hour and help prepare Scout leaders to lead a JOTI session with their unit. A live JOTI IRC/Webchat (text chat) will be part of the demonstration.

After registering, an email will be sent with information about how to join the online Zoom meeting.



About Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and is held the 3rd weekend of October. This event utilizes the internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) database in 146 countries!

Scouts of any age can take part and can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a council-wide event. JOTI is an economical way of communicating around the world. The event allows Scouts to "meet" other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just "Hi." The exchanges can include such information as name and location, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. Another great idea is to use JOTI participation to help fulfill some of the Citizenship in the World or Digital Technology merit badge requirements!

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack. Many times the hams will agree to set up at a Scout event. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.


Dan Goetzman
JOTI Chair


Promote Scouting on Social Media 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:59:00 PM

Help promote Scouting on social media by adding a photo frame around your profile picture. Encourage families to Text Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or crew to 31996. They will be sent to, a website with all packs listed by school district and links to register online.

To find the frame, click on edit/update your profile picture (or go to, search for a frame by entering Sam Houston Area Council, then choose one of our four frames.



Support Scouting with Amazon Smile 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM

(SourceNow you can support Scouting without lifting a finger — or at least not more than one.

AmazonSmile, the simple and no-cost way to donate to the Sam Houston Area Council, now works on the Amazon Shopping app for iPhone and Android.

That means it’s easier than ever to support Scouting anytime, anywhere.

Through its AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice — at no cost to you. You’ll get the same prices, selection and service found on, but now Amazon gives 0.5% of its cut to a good cause.

The Sam Houston Area Council is an eligible AmazonSmile charity. Individual packs, troops, posts, ships and crews are not eligible.

Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Why use AmazonSmile

Sure, I agree that 50 cents on a $100 tablet might not seem like a huge donation. And it’s not a substitute for the generous contributions you regularly make to local Scouting through campaigns like Friends of Scouting. But as any frequent Amazon shopper knows, your purchases add up.

What’s the news here?

Previously, AmazonSmile required the user to shop using their browser — either on a desktop computer or through the mobile browser on a smartphone.

That meant that when you shopped in the official Amazon app, you weren’t contributing to your chosen charity — even if you had already activated AmazonSmile.

By adding AmazonSmile to its official app, Amazon is making the program available anytime, anywhere. So now when you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio — our council still gets that 0.5%.

How to activate AmazonSmile on your iPhone or Android

Step 1: Join AmazonSmile

If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process.

Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. This is where you search for “Sam Houston Area Council.”

Step 2: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your phone

If you don’t have the app already, download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Step 3: Open Settings within the app

Open Settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (aka the “hamburger”) at the top left and tapping “Settings.”

Step 4: Tap AmazonSmile

Step 5: Tap the button for “Turn on AmazonSmile”

You’ll need to follow the three-step setup process. Note that Amazon requires you to turn on notifications to be able to use AmazonSmile on your phone.

Step 6: Make note of your renewal date

Amazon asks that you renew your AmazonSmile donation every six months. This is easy but required. When six months are up, you’ll have to choose your favorite charity again. If you don’t, purchases made until you do will not count.

Step 7: Confirm that AmazonSmile is active before your next purchase

Look for AmazonSmile at the top of the app as you browse. You’ll also see your chosen charity on the confirmation screen.

Learn More

Update Your Pin and Your Unit Could Win! 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, August 14, 2020 1:03:00 PM

(Source) What’s the easiest way for potential members to join your Scout unit?!

It works even better if your unit information is up-to-date. Now, if you update your pin, your Scout unit could win!

Just make sure your unit BeAScout pin is updated anytime between June 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, and your unit will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 Scout Shop Gift card, or one of five $100 Scout Shop Gift cards. See the full rules for the giveaway here.

Need help updating your pin? Find a complete set of step-by-step instructions on how to update your BeAScout pin in this guide, and/or watch this “Setting Up Your BeAScout Unit Pin” instructional video.

As we move into join-Scouting season, now is the time to be Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, and Kind by doing a Good Turn and updating your pin so people who are looking for a great Scouting unit can find you! You just might win something in the process!

New Join webpage

Units are encouraged to promote our new texting feature (text Cub Scouts to 31996). Parents will receive a response encouraging them to visit Parents can easily find units in their school district and then click to join online and complete and online application.

Is your unit information correct? Make sure your packs information is correct on the page. Send corrections to your district executive.

Unit Information on District Websites

Ensure your unit's information is correct on your district website. Go to the district website, then click on the units tab on the toolbar.

Is your unit information correct? There is a link at the top of the page to send any corrections needed to the webmaster. 

The information icon () links to your pin. Remember that links to Facebook pages can only be made to public pages per BSA guidelines.

Membership Resources

We want to reach out to each potential Cub Scout and their family with a personal invitation to join a pack within our council, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. Find a variety of resources to help your unit.



For more information, contact your membership chair.