Scouter Gone Home

Carl Soderland, a longtime active Scouter and assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) of Troop 595, passed away on the morning of October 18, 2017. Carl will be remembered by all who knew him as a supporter of Scouting and one who positively encouraged youth and adults to “Do Your Best.” Carl had been involved in Scouting for over 20 years and joined when his son Kevin was a Cub Scout. He was active as his son became an Eagle Scout and remained involved even as Kevin went off to and graduated from college.

Carl was always that quiet encourager and supporter of the Scouts. He was recognized by the then Bayshore District as ASM of the Year and with the District Award of Merit. He completed Wood Badge, served on Wood Badge staff, and became actively involved with NYLT (National Youth Leader Training) where he became a course director mentoring even more youth. He was an active member of the Order of the Arrow (OA), Scouting’s Honor Society, and served as Troop 595’s OA Adviser, San Jacinto District’s OA associate chapter adviser, and was recognized by the Order of the Arrow with its highest honor, the Vigil Honor. Carl was recently notified that he is a 2017 recipient of the Silver Beaver, the highest recognition that a council can bestow on an adult volunteer.

Carl will be missed by those who knew him in Scouting and who worked with him during his career at NASA from where he retired two years ago. He truly was a friend to all. He will be missed most by his wife Angie, his daughter and son-in-law Laura and Cory Lashway, and his son Kevin. Their strong faith in God will carry them through this trial along with the support of their family, friends, and prayers.

Scouting’s founder Lord Baden-Powell was laid to rest in Kenya. His gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the center, which is the Boy Scout trail sign for “I have gone home.”

Webelos Woods

November 10-12, 2017

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots). Saturday afternoon and evening will include demonstrations, campfire and a scavenger hunt. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The event is being held at Challenger Seven Memorial Park (2301 West Nasa, Boulevard, Webster, TX 77598). 

Registration should be submitted by the Webelos Scout den leader or unit leader no later than 10/26/17. Every pre-registered Webelos Scouts will receive a Webelos Woods patch and t-shirt if registered by 10/26/17). Have the Scout's t-shirt sizes before registering. Webelos Scout registration is $21.50 for the first Scout and $20 for additional Scouts. 

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San Jacinto District Roundtable

December 14, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicLike us on FacebookRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of every month (except July) at 7:00 pm at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church (14045 Space Center Blvd, 77062) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts. Follow us on Facebook.

7:00 pm: Cub Scout Roundtable
7:00 pm: Boy Scout Roundtable
7:00 pm: Varsity Roundtable
7:00 pm: Venturing / Sea Scouts Roundtable

Rocket Day

November 18, 2017   |   9:00 am  (new date)

Due to the site scheduling issue with a large group and safety issues, we rescheduled the event. 

All new Cub Scouts and their parents are invited to their first district Scouting event. Boys who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket Day. Boys in first through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting.

The event is being held at South Main Baptist Church (4300 E. Sam Houston Pkwy South, Pasadena, TX 77505). Distribute the promotional placemat/ activity sheet to Scouts to remind them about the event. The half-day flier can be attached to the rockets.

Learn More and Register      Promotional Placemat     Half-Page Flier

San Jacinto Annual Meeting

December 7, 2017

The annual business meeting of the San Jacinto District is being held at LDS Church (4202 Yellowstone Dr, TX 77504). The district committee is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of Scouting throughout a district through the achievement of district goals. Thus, the task of the district nominating committee selecting a slate of competent officers and members at large for the next year is an extremely important one. The nominating committee forms the slate of nominees for district chair, one or more vice chairs, and district members at large. During the annual business meeting, chartered organization representatives, and registered district and council members will vote on the slate of officers following the procedures as outlined in the District Nominating Committee Worksheet, No. 14-33157.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 pm, to hold elections for at-large and district positions.

Currently, we are working on a list of potential nominees from which the nominating committee will be selected for the election slate. As stated in the by-laws of the BSA nominations cannot be taken from the floor at the election meeting.  If you have anyone you would like to see serve on the San Jacinto District Committee, please complete the attached nomination form.  Please include the full name of the nominee, what area in the committee that he/she would be best suited for and why you feel this person would do well in a district committee position. 


San Jacinto District Nominating Committee 2017:

       Paul Dunphey, Nominating Committee Chairman
  Gary Hinners 
  Dat Dao
  Rick Ewan

Please send nominations to the San Jacinto District Nominating Committee to Daisy Flores, staff advisor at who will present nominations for consideration.

Nomination Form

District committee meetings are typically held the first Thursday of every month. Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program. All districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions:

  1. The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.
  2. The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
  3. The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
  4. The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.

Friends of Scouting

 2015 FOS CSPFriends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other activities. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.

Friends of Scouting helps:

  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Provide assistance to those in need
  • Keep camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programming and facilities
  • Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders

Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values.

Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.

 Donate               Sign up for FOS presentation

Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Beanye Mrozinski.

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Pack Coordinators for District Events

Every pack must have a minimum of one volunteer per event to assist at each district event in which the pack participates. The coordinator promotes the event within the pack, attends volunteer orientation meeting, and attends the event and assists event staff in the assigned job.

Sign-up to be a Pack Coordinator


San Jacinto Scoop

newspaperSign up for our electronic newsletter called the San Jacinto Scoop.


Help us promote Scouting

SHAC FacebookThe Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook.  The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.

We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts. 

Learn More          Take our Social Media Survey

December 2, 2017

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner. This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. You do not have to be a registered commissioner to attend. Any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend. The training is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Register       Course Catalog       Course Descriptions       Learn More

The Scouting Trail is a monthly handout provided to units at roundtable describing upcoming council events for the next quarter. 
This is a great resource for Scouters and parents.

December 9 or 10, 2017

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) is designed to help prepare Philmont advisors to lead a successful trek. PASS is an 8-hour course taught by experiences Philmont staffers that covers backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. Participants will enjoy a trail lunch and sample a trail dinner in between training sessions. At the conclusion of the course, advisors will receive PASS materials to share with crew members. The December 9th course will be held at Camp Brosig and the December 10th course will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center. The cost is $40.

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December Roundtable

Recharter is the annual reregistering of all Scouts and Scouters. Internet rechartering opened on November 1, 2017. Recharter turn-in will be held during December roundtable. For more information contact your unit commissioner.

 Learn More      Journey to Excellence

The unit should be doing the following:

  • Ensuring all registered adults have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) before March 1, 2018.  If their YPT expires before this date, have them take the appropriate YPT at
  • Ensuring all registered adults have the correct BSA ID in their profile.
  • Ensuring the current or new unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor) is fully trained.

December 26-31, 2017

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 32nd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just 3 miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Learn More and Register

The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  Check out the current openings at

Our local Scout Shops are once again providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scouts who may be in need of uniform and Scouting items. This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 6 through December 18, 2017.

The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan Giving Tree (similar to an Angel Tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the items they need and other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scouting supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child. We need your assistance to make this project a success. So, start shopping to help every Scout in need.

Find a Scout Shop Near You

Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days

SHAC CSP with car keysHelp ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including donating cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, motors, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment, memorials and tributes, planned giving and yes, even services.

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting. Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.