First Aid/CPR/AED Training

May 27 or June 3, 2017

Would you know what to do in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency? The right answer could help you save a life. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, our First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life. First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training are universally recognized for its effectiveness. It can help ensure that everyone from the Boy Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared. There is a discounted cost for Scouters of $35. The course is being held at La Porte Community Church (202 South A Street La Porte) from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by contacting Molly Benitez at 713-594-3118.


San Jacinto District Roundtable

June 8, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable 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.

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


District Calendar

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Download the San Jacinto District calendar for July 2017 to June 2018. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

July 2017 to June 2018 Calendar


Twilight Camp Volunteer Training

Day camp is run by volunteers. Each pack is required to provide a minimum of one adult register for every three youth register per pack.  If the pack does not meet this ratio, then the pack will not be able to attend camp.  Please consider volunteering. All Adults, Junior staff and rangers attending camp must attend one session of camp volunteer orientation and all adults need Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT). Both courses will be offered at each session.

 

Date

Time

Courses

Location

5/27/17 9:00 am - noon Volunteer Orientation and
Classroom Facilitated YPT
LaPorte Community Church
200 S 1st Street, La Porte, TX 77571
5/27/17 1:00 - 4:00 pm Volunteer Orientation and
Classroom Facilitated YPT
LaPorte Community Church
200 S 1st Street, La Porte, TX 77571

Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.

East Division Program Guide         Leader Resources

Cub Scout Planning       Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning


Update your unit information on the web

Calling all unit leaders! Now is the perfect time to make it easy for Scouting families to find your unit.

Step 1: BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit! Update your unit information by signing into MyScouting, under Unit Tools select BeAScout, the click on Unit Pin Management. If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.

Step 2: The district website lists all units. Click on the Units tab on the green toolbar above. Send corrections to the webmaster using the link at the top of the page.


Day Camp

June 5-8, 2017  |  AM Session: 8:30am - 2:00 pm or PM Session: 3:00 - 8:30pm

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Day/Twilight camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy archery, sports, skills, and crafts. Pre-registration is required. The camp is being held at Cy-Fair ISD Exhibition Center (11206 Telge Road, Cypress, 77429).

Learn More


Eagle Scout Projects and Boards of Review

Life patch and Eagle Scout pinFor Eagle Scout boards of reviews, at least one district representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review and all Eagle Scout project proposals must be approved by the district before starting.

We have made it easier to request a district representative to attend and Eagle Scout board of review and for Scouts to request a project proposal meeting. Visit the district advancement page located under the resources tab on the green tool bar at the top to find forms to submit to the district advancement team.

District Advancement Page


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


Armand Bayou Nature Center Classes

Armand Bayou Nature Center logoThe Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. 

  • Tigers: Tigers in the Wild, 
  • Wolves: Paws on the Path
  • Bear: Fur, Feathers and Ferns.  
  • Webelos: Into the Wild and Into the Woods

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.


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually search 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! 

Openings are available for staff members to assist the council in a new initiative for new unit development. The part-time onboarding specialists will guide new Scouting units (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing) through the steps of new unit organization. Through this process, they will assist new chartering organizations in the identification of adult volunteers for new Scouting, assist the new adult volunteers with program planning, budgeting and scheduling, guide the new adult volunteers through district and BSA resources to be trained, and guide the new adult leaders through the start-up of the new unit's programming to ensure the program is launched and the new unit is chartered. Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance, that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. Units should conduct an annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), units can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures.  Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! www.shac.org/leader-resources

Leaders who want a meaningful, exciting, and comprehensive youth program that achieves the objectives of the Scouting program will find this format ideal. The result is a well-managed, well-financed unit. Recognizing this, the BSA recommends the following plan:

1. Plan your complete annual program.

2.  Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve the program.
3.  Identify the amount of product (e.g., popcornScout Fair Coupon Books) that will need to be sold per youth member to reach the income goal.
4.  Get commitments from parents and youth.


July 15, 2017

El Rancho Cima is being sold, and a decommissioning celebration is being held. Scouts and Scouts are invited to attend a special fun-filled day of hiking to Sentinel Peak, swimming, shooting sports, bus tour of the property, BBQ dinner, and a final closing campfire to see El Rancho Cima one last time.

Register             Learn More about Camp Development


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.

Learn More and Register