Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person district and council meetings, activities, and events are canceled through June 14th; council camps are closed through June 30th. The council office opens on May 4th and Scouts Shops are open May 11th with limited staff and social distancing protocols. Learn More.


Digital Safety and Scouting at Home

Many units and families are discovering creative ways to have fun Scouting at home. When using digital and online resources, there are some important guidelines from the National Council about youth protection, safeguarding personal information and recording online meetings.

Across the nation, Scouters are finding ways to help keep their youth members engaged and Scouting. These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement-related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time.

Digital Safety       Scouting at Home       COVID-19 Updates       Advancement Update


San Jacinto District Roundtable

August 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm | Virtual

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The July roundtable will be a virtual roundtable live via Zoom starting at 7:00 pm.  This will be a Cub Scout roundtable only focused on the summer Cub Scout programs. There will not be a Scouts BSA roundtable in July.

  • 7:00 pm   Scouts BSA Roundtable - TBD

For security reasons, the meeting passwords will be sent to those signed up for the San Jacinto Scoop, the district email newsletter.

Please send questions ahead of time to the Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Tiffaney Clark, or Scouts BSA Roundtable Commissioner Rick Ewan. There will be a question and answer time during the meeting.


Fishing Merit Badge

July 25, 2020  |  8:00 am

Scouts in troops can earn the Fishing Merit Badge. The class is being held at Challenger Seven Memorial Park. Space is limited. For more information, contact Thom Fitzgerald at 832-692-0672 or rodeokidsz9@gmail.com.

 


Backyard Campout

June 15 - August 16, 2020

It’s time for some camping fun!  Join us as we camp in our own backyard together. Scouts can set up their tent and campsite in their backyard or build a fort indoors. There will be a list of activities provided that Scouts can do during their camp out or ahead of time to prepare for their campout. Scouts can try to do all the activities or just a few! All Scouts and anyone interested in Scouting are welcome to join in the fun! There is no cost to participate.  Register to receive the activities and order an optional patch for $6.50 for the first patch and $5 for each additional patch.

Register for Event        Order Patches


Donations Needed

San Jacinto District has several new units that are in need of donations.

  • Uniforms (shirts, pants, shorts, belts, neckerchiefs, slides and hats)
  • Cub Scout/Scouts BSA Handbooks
  • Den Leader handbooks
  • Pushmobiles
  • Camping Equipment
  • Pinewood Derby Tracks
  • Uncut Pinewood Derby kits

​If you or your unit have items to donate, please contact Ron Wiehle or Frank Razem​


Religious Emblem Program

A Scout is reverent. They are reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the religious emblems programs. Additional resources are available from Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y). The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. A class for the Catholic Ad Altare Dei (7th graders and older up to 18) and the Catholic Pope Pius XII for (9th graders and older up to 21) is currently being scheduled. For more information, contact JT Thomas


July 18, 19; August 1, 2, 8, 9

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Scouts in troops can participate in one-day merit badge classes held at Tellepsen Scout Camp on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.

Classes will be held from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  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


July 13-17 or July 20-24, 2020

Day camp is going virtual. Get ready to grab your electronic device this summer for some virtual Cub Scout camp fun! Even though the camp is virtual, it is also intended to be a chance for the Scouts to get up, create things, get moving, and do activities outdoors again. 

The free virtual Cub Scout camp is a council-hosted event for Cub Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. There is no registration fee.

Cub Scouts can work on three rank specific adventures or electives on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, live events will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm with ceremonies, special guests, and a service project. For a list of supplies needed, visit the www.shac.org/virtual-day-camp.

Learn More and Register


The Sam Houston Area Council is conducting a survey of parents and leaders of Scouts BSA to help our volunteers determine what additional activities and events are needed to help Scouts earn their rank, keep their Scouting skills sharp, and have fun learning at home.

Cub Scout Survey          Scouts BSA Survey         Volunteer to Help           

Scouting at Home Activities


(6/2/20) The leadership of the Sam Houston Area Council would like to present this, our ninth update, on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak and protocols for Scouting operations going forward. We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate this situation as best we can. 

  • As an alternative to summer resident camp, members of Scouts BSA now have the opportunity to register for Merit Badge Days that will be held at Tellepsen Scout Camp on Saturdays in July and August. More information, including how to register, may be found here.
  • Cub Scouts will have two opportunities for day camp programming this summer:
    • Virtual Day Camp will be conducted during two sessions in July, free of charge. More information, including how to register, may be found here.
    • Outdoor Sports Days will be conducted at Camp Brosig and Bovay Scout Ranch in late July and early August. Activities will include BB guns, archery, water activities, fishing and a closing ceremony. More information can be found here, and registration will be open soon.
  • The Cockrell Scout Center remains open for drop off only with hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
    • Any interaction needed with staff members must be conducted through phone and email. If you need assistance determining the appropriate person to contact, please refer to our updated “who to call directory,” or contact the receptionist at (713) 659-8111 during our office hours to be directed to the appropriate person.
    • Field-based staff (District Executives) will be working remotely during this time and are available by phone and email.
  • The 5 Scout Shop locations are open to limited retail traffic. Please visit here for more store information, including updated store hours..
  • All council camping facilities will be closed through June 30th.
  • All district and council meetings, activities, and events through June 14th are cancelled or postponed unless conducted over teleconference or online.
  • The Scout Fair Coupon Book Sale for 2020 is now closed. For information on closing out your unit, please contact your District Scout Fair Chair or District Executive. Commission checks will begin being processed for units that have closed out their sale when the Cockrell Scout Center reopens.
  • The online popcorn sale is open. The online popcorn sale is a great opportunity to raise funds for your unit’s Scouting program virtually – all while keeping social distancing intact. For more information on how to participate, please contact Mary Welch (mary.welch@scouting.org).
  • Units should continue to consult with their chartered organizations to determine the best path forward for their Scouting programs.We strongly encourage units to comply with all current recommendations of the CDC, the White House, and local jurisdictions. There are a number of great resources available regarding Scouting program during this period of social distancing:

In addition to these local updates, the council has received information regarding an updated fee structure from National BSA. Our team is putting together an FAQ and additional information that will be sent out in tomorrow’s (June 3) e-Scouter newsletter.

Our Enterprise Risk Management Team is working regularly and diligently to determine our plans going forward. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 response for the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.orgThe council remains committed to keeping our constituents updated regularly with new information as we have it. We will continue to communicate through three main mechanisms – FacebookEmail, and Council Website. Please consult these regularly for updates.

As this is a constantly evolving situation, please regularly monitor our standard means of communication (FacebookEmail, and Council Website) for updates. 

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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.

The Scouting Trail: May 2020


Cub Scouting / Scouts BSA / Venturing / Sea Scouting Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Questions regarding advancement have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can continue. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of youth protection.

Learn More (link update frequently)


As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls into Cub Scouts and older girls into the Scouts BSA program starting on February 1, it is important that families understand the program or organization they are joining.

There have been some instances where our volunteers may have inadvertently used the name or trademarks of the Girl Scout of the USA (GSUSA) brand in spreading the word that girls are or will soon be part of all BSA programs. GSUSA recently have filed a lawsuit asserting that these instances have caused confusion. While we don’t believe there has been any such confusion, we respect and support the GSUSA and their rights to their brand.

To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, we have developed resources to make sure our leaders are aware of the do’s and don’ts in promoting BSA programs.

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This builds on the infographic, and the guidance provided to councils in April.

Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training     Infographic 

This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community. While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining.

  • We are The Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations.
  • We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them.
  • We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.

To aid you in this effort, councils and volunteers are encouraged to use these intro talking points as you host info sessions and launch efforts for Scouts BSA. Additionally, please use this resource to help address any questions you might get in the community about this matter.

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District Commissioner Meeting

First Thursday of Month | 6:30 - 7:30

commissioner logo  District commissioner meetings are typically held the first Thursday of the month (except July) at 6:30 pm at the Multi Cultural Center (951 Tristar Dr. Webster, TX 77598). Please enter from the doors in the far right. to review specific unit needs, discuss ways to support unit growth in the Journey to Excellence criteria, examine ways to promote events and provide resources to units, support on-time charter renewal, and evaluate ways to help the units and district maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.

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District Committee Meeting

First Thursday of month | 7:30 - 8:30

District committee patchDistrict meetings are typically held the first Thursday of the month (except July) at the Multi Cultural Center (951 Tristar Dr. Webster, TX 77598). Please enter from the doors in the far right. District committee meetings are held at 7:30; committee members work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. Volunteers are invited to attend.

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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

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