San Jacinto District Roundtable

November 8, 2018  |  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. 
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7:00 pm: Cub Scout Roundtable
7:00 pm: Scouts Roundtable
7:00 pm: Venturing / Sea Scouts Roundtable
7:15 pm: Recharter Training

Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)

October 19 - 21, 2018

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! JOTI participation also fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, and the International Spirit Award.

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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.

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Recharter Training Workshop

November 8, 2018  |  7:15 pm

Every year, all units (packs, troops, crews, ships) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. The BSA issues charters to community organizations to enable them to use the Scouting program under their own leadership as a service to their children, youth, and families. Re-chartering is the process of renewing the charter agreement between the BSA and the organization, and renewing the registration of youth and adult members. 

Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for Journey to Excellence. It is required for units to continue registration without interruption. It is required to ensure Scouts are registered, critical for receiving rank advancement and other awards, and for insurance coverage.

The Internet Recharter (IR) site will officially open up on November 1, 2018, but there's a lot units can be working on right now to make the recharter process go smooth.  

1. Send a representative from the unit to one of the district recharter training sessions:   

2. Prepare and plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures.

3. Resources:

  1. Review recharter resources
  2. Contact your unit commissioner, assistant district commissioner, or district commissioner for assistance
  3. Sign up for district newsletter

 Learn More about Recharter      Journey to Excellence

Fishing Tournament

Reschedule Date TBD

Cub Scout fishing in a canoeThe fishing tournament is for Cub Scouts (kindergarten through 5th grade), families and friends thinking about joining Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts love to fish. Cub Scouts will compete to catch the longest, smallest and most fish by rank. Pre-registration is $7 for kids and includes bait, a patch, a pier pass and an entry for the door prize drawing. Adult peer passes are $5.

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Webelos Woods

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday, Webelos dens compete in Webelos Scout skills. The dens are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

Den compete and are assigned ratings similar to UIL competitions for campsite inspection, first aid, fire building, team building games, knots and outdoor skills. There will be demonstrations along the trail to fill the time between challenges. The scavenger hunt is all day long, with a goal of collecting as many troop tokens as possible. Saturday afternoon and evening activities will include demonstrations and a campfire. The event is being held at Camp Karankawa (3249 FM 1459 Rd, Sweeny, TX 77480).

Registration should be submitted by the Webelos den leader or unit leader no later than 10/20/18. Every pre-registered Webelos Scouts will receive a Webelos Woods patch and t-shirt if registered by 10/12/18 ).

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Rocket Day

November 3, 2019  |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Boys and girls who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket Day. Youth in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Cub Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Cub Scouting. The event is being held at South Main Baptist Church (4300 E. Sam Houston Pkwy South, Pasadena, TX 77505). The event is free; please RSVP so we will have an engine for your rocket onsite.

Learn More and Register      Promotional Placemat     Flier to Attach to Rocket


Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. The important Scouting position you hold will be easier and more effective once you develop the skills necessary to deliver a quality Scouting program every Scout desires. Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered in the council. For more information, contact Matthew Bordelon.

What to Bring to Training                  Council Training Schedule

Date Course (click on the title for more information) Location Time Cost Register

October 26-27, 2018

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Camp Karankawa 
3249 FM 1459 Rd
Sweeny, TX 77480

6:30 pm Friday (10/26) -
5:30 pm Saturday (10/27)


October 26-27, 2018

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Camp Karankawa 
3249 FM 1459 Rd
Sweeny, TX 77480
6:30 pm Friday (10/26) -
5:30 pm Saturday (10/27)
$11.50 Register
October 21, 2018 Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED Class Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop West,
Houston Texas 77008
8:00 am - 12:15 pm $40 Register
October 27-28, 2018 First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop West,
Houston Texas 77008
8:00 am - 5:00 pm $75 Register
November 3, 2018 Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED Class Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop West,
Houston Texas 77008
8:00 am - 12:15 pm $40 Register
November 10-11, 2018 Wilderness First Aid Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop West,
Houston Texas 77008
8:30 am - 5:-00 pm $85 Register

DAV5k Honor Run for Veterans: Call for Volunteers

November 3, 2018


The Disable American Veteran (DAV) 5K Honor Run for Veterans is being held this year in Kemah, TX. Middle and high school aged volunteers are needed. Youth will earn volunteer hours through DAV to use for Scouting (with Scoutmaster approval) or high school. More information about the Disable American Veteran and the DAV 5K can be found be found on For more information, contact Audrey Adams at 281-787-6279 or

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: October 2018

The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. An enhanced Youth Protection Training course debuted in February; all Scouters who took Youth Protection Training prior to February 2018 need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.

Finally, beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection Training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication. To take the new online Youth Protection Training, please visit

YPT Updates     Take YPT     Learn More about Youth Protection

 December 26-31, 2018

Winter camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 33rd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just three miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

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December 26-31, 2018

Kodiak Challenge is an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant— one that will encourage Venturers and Sea Scouts to try new things that may be out of their comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Crews (ILSC), National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and/or National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

The Kodiak Challenge is taught by older/more experience unit youth leaders to give participants experience in values and vision, effective teams, communication, decision making, and planning. The Kodiak Challenge is open to registered Scouts ages 14-20 in a crew or ship who are looking for an opportunity to grow personally and are ready for a leadership challenge. Venturers are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. The cost for each Scout to attend camp is $295. Registration can be completed individually by parents or the crew and ship can register together. Adult leadership from the unit is not required for participation. Staff applications are being accepted; please e-mail the camp registrar for more information.

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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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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.

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, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings


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