Don Braga's Memorial Service

Sunday, September 22, 2019

For many generations before ours, trail markers were used to safely guide travelers in the right direction while on the trail. One had to keep a keen eye, as trail markers could be many things; arranged stones, sticks or grass, plumes of wood smoke or carved markers in trees. There are many variations throughout the world, with some adapting their own marks to suit their environment, and themselves. Although somewhat different, they were all used for the same reasons: to mark the trail, show the way, to guide. 

There is one symbol that is universal. A dot surrounded by a larger circle. 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 trail sign for “I have gone home.” Some feel life itself is best described as a trail, for it has a beginning, and end, and many turns and bends along the way.

Don Braga was a unit commissioner in our district for 10 years. He received the Outstanding Commissioner Award (2006, 2012), Scouter Spirit Award (2007), and the District Award of Merit (2011). The doors open at 1:00 pm. An Elks service will be held at 1:30 pm, followed by a military service at 2:00 pm and then refreshments. Services will be held at the Elks Lodge (623 Hanson Rd., Kemah, TX 77565).

We honor this committed Scouter for his loyalty to the Scouting program and enthusiasm for instilling values in our young people. May the Great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with us until we meet again.


San Jacinto District Roundtable

October 10, 2019 |  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: Call to order
7:15 pm: Cub Scout breakout
7:15 pm: Scouts BSA breakout
7:15 pm: Chaplain breakout
7:15 pm: Venturing / Sea Scouts breakout

Fishing Tournament

September 21, 2019

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. The event is being held at Sylvan Park Pier (400 Bayshore Dr., La Porte, TX 77571). The registration fee is $8.50 for the first Cub Scout and $7 for each additional Cub Scouts and includes bait, a patch, a pier pass and an entry for the door prize drawings. Late registration begins 9/19/19 and is $10 per Cub Scout. Onsite registration is not recommended.

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LDS Outreach Events

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that starting on January 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. We want to continue the LDS legacy by inviting LDS Scouts, leaders and parents to join other units. Three LDS Outreach open houses have been set up in the San Jacinto District for both packs and troops.

Continue the Legacy

LDS parents and Scouts who love being a part of the Scouting adventure and want to continue their Scouting journey are cordially invited to attend an LDS Outreach open house in your area. These open houses will feature information leaders in area packs and troops. Please extend this invitation to all Scouts and parents within your unit.

Non-LDS units: Please send at least two representatives to the meeting nearest you. Please bring a sign or banner of your unit and a one-page information sheet about your unit (e.g., location, meeting times, dates, upcoming events, contact information). Attendees should be in uniform and Be Prepared to answer questions about your unit. The goal is for all the youth that want to continue their Scouting journey to find a new unit best suited for them.

October 9, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm
St. Bernadette Catholic Church – Parish Life Center (PLC), Click here for Map
The building facing El Dorado Blvd.
15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062
At the corner of El Camino Real and El Dorado Blvd
October 17, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm
South Main Baptist Church – Great Hall, Click here for Map
4300 East Sam Houston Pkwy S, Pasadena, TX 77505
October 21, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm
Deer Park United Methodist Church – Room 118, Click here for Map
There will be directional signs posted.
1300 E Thirteenth St, Deer Park, TX 77536
 

District Commissioner Meeting and Committee Meeting

The meetings on October 2, 2019, will be held at Multi Cultural Center (951 Tristar Dr. Webster, TX 77598). Please enter from the doors in the far right. Map

District commissioner meetings are typically held the first Thursday of the month (except July) at 6:30 pm 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. 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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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 Altair 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 Kim Groce. Kim is also organizing and arranging instructors for other faiths based on interest, please her know if you are interested.


Rocket Day

October 19, 2019  |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Youth 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 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 Location TBD.

The event is free; please register so we can make sure we have an engine available for your Scout.

Learn More and Register       Flier (half-page to attach to rocket)       Promotional Placemat


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: September 2019


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. 73% 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. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Learn More        Sign-up for Traditional and Online Sales       Sign-up for Show-n-Sale 

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way. To 
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $600 club, $1800 club.
• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail's End app.
Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.


November 8-10, 2019

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is an annual event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast-paced, fun-filled weekend Webelos Scouts will work on advancements and be introduced to the patrol method. Webelos Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first camp out with a troop, such as fire lays, basic knots, lashings, and more. 

The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $115 per Webelos Scout and includes four meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), a patch, t-shirt, water bottle and program supplies. The adult fee is $40 per adult and includes four meals. 

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October 11-13, 2019

Fun with Family is an overnight campout for newly registered Cub Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. The registration fee is $24 per participant and includes an event patch, activity supplies, snacks and two meals. 

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October 18-20, 2019

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is an overnight course for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to guide units in developing a culture that effectively demonstrates responsible outdoor choices that reduce impacts of Scouting activities. Leave No Trace Trainersoutdoor ethics guides, and advisors are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs. The event is being held at Camp Brosig in Sealy, TX from Friday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 11:00 am.

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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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We are excited to announce that new Camp Strake will open for summer camp 2020. Weeks one through five are full; weeks six and seven are open for registration. Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail. Camp Strake is located on more than 2,800 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring, Texas near the community of Evergreen, Texas. Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston.  The camp is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the Camp property. Camp Strake will be a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders and will have 20 campsites with pavilions and an air-conditioned dining hall, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center, 28-acre lake, aquatics center with a swimming pool and pool house, extensive trail system, basketball court, sports fields and several chapels.

Activities will include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), Wild Hex (aerial adventure tower), zip lines, climbing, rappelling, COPE, biking and more. The Camp Strake facilities have been designed and built to meet both ADA and ScoutsBSA requirements for both girl and boy units concurrently. The program will include an extensive merit badge program as well as some more challenging activities like zip-lining and climbing. The full program will be published in the online leader’s guide that will be available in November. To follow the progress of construction, visit www.shac.org/strake.

Learn More and Register           About Camp Strake


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that starting on January 1, 2020, it will shift the focus of its youth programs toward serving an increasingly global membership. That means the LDS church will no longer charter Scout units beginning in 2020 and beyond.

“All youth, families and leaders are encouraged to continue their active participation and financial support of Scouting … ,” the LDS church expressed in its joint statement with the BSA that it will continue to support Scouting even after its official partnership has ended.

Check out our blog post with some information for the thousands of LDS families who love being a part of the Scouting adventure and want to continue their journey and for the other BSA Scouters who want to help them do that. The post includes information:

  • LDS church members looking for a new Scouting home
  • Community packs and troops welcoming LDS church members
  • Recruiting Scouts currently enrolled in LDS units
  • Three Reasons our Family will Still be in Scouting in 2020 

LDS: Continue the Legacy


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.

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San Jacinto Scoop

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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. 

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