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August 2023

Cub Scout Fall Recruitment

We want to reach out to each potential Scout and their family with a personal invitation to join Scouting, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. 

Fall is a great time to focus on recruiting new families to the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. Invite a family to join Scouting and learn more about membership recruitment.

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National Membership Fee Changes

Effective August 1, 2023, national membership fees will increase. In addition, all new youth and adult members who join Scouting will be enrolled in a 12-month membership cycle and BSA will cease prorating fees. Both youth and adults will pay the full annual membership fee and will renew their membership on the anniversary date of joining Scouting.

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Popcorn is underway! If you are selling by Show and Sell, Take Order, or Online now is the time to be getting out and selling!! The amazing Trail’s End app works as a digital cash register for Scouts to keep track of all purchases made. Scouts can accept credit cards (free of the transaction fee). 

Items can be marked as “undelivered” and flagged to deliver to customers after the November popcorn pick-up. Scouts earn points for their Amazon e-gift cards through their Trail’s End Popcorn sales. The e-gift card code will go straight to the Scouts Trail’s End account and can be accessed through their app.

What do you call a bad popcorn joke?


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Sign Up to Sell Popcorn

Scouting Safely

Each year, heat-related illnesses strike the unprepared. Prevention is key! Be prepared by acclimating to the environment for 3 to 5 days before going on an outdoor adventure by drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy diet, and continuing to drink fluids when outdoors on hot or humid days. Be sure to drink only when you’re thirsty to avoid overhydrating.

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Scout Brothers Receive Certificate of Merit

Oscar and Dwight Huss were home alone with their little brother George.  As George was jumping on the sofa his foot slipped through the back of the cushion and down into the frame.

He sliced his heel which began bleeding badly. 

Oscar and Dwight immediately moved George to the bathroom to better assess the situation. One brother started applying pressure and the other called to have their mother return home.  

Oscar and Dwight retrieved their First Aid kits, changed the bandage, and were considering the next steps of either leaving pressure applied or further cleaning the wound, when their mother arrived and decided to take George to Urgent Care for more advanced treatment.

Congratulations to Oscar and Dwight Huss upon receiveing the Council Certificate of Merit.

Day of Service

December 9, 2023

Unit registration opens in August

Join thousands of Scouts and leaders for our inaugural Day of Service. Schools, churches, chartered organizations, parks and other agencies are in need of expert and enthusiastic service provided by our Scouts, leaders and families. 

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University of Scouting

November 18

Lone Star College - Tomball

University of Scouting is a semi-annual supplemental training program. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help leaders and parents enhance their ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. 

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Services Needed

The council is looking for those in the Scouting Community with specialized skills to help provide service to our camps and facilities which includes buildings, the grounds, equipment, and Scout/volunteer affiliated companies that offer professional services with dedication and competitive rates. 

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Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all programs of the BSA. Over the course of two weekends, participants can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem solving, communication, and project planning.


Winter NYLT

Beat the heat and send your youth leaders to Winter NYLT

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level leadership-building program for certain youth members.


Program Update

Effective June 1, 2023, family packs that serve both girls and boys may now form dens with both girls and boys in Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and fourth-grade Webelos dens. Fifth-grade Webelos Scouts are to remain in gender-specific dens to prepare them for joining a gender-specific Scouts BSA troop.

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Fall Adventure Camps

Registration is now open!

Adventure Camp is a weekend campout at Bovay Scout Ranch. Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas.

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Fun with Family

October 6-7 or 7-8, 2023

Fun with Family is an overnight campout for newly registered Cub Scouts and their families at Bovay Scout Ranch. Scouts can participate in archery, sling shots, crafts, launching rockets, sports, campfire and more.

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Overnight Family Camping

Registration is now open!

When a Scout joins Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. 

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Summer Camp 2024

Summer Camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. There are unique programs for first-year Scouts and experienced Scouts to take part in our new ACE (Advanced Camper Experience) program.  

Summer Camp
SHAC Summer Camp at Camp Strake

Full Throttle

Full Throttle is a weekend event for troops, crews, and ships. Scouts spend a half-day participating in program areas such as shooting sports, climbing, swimming, ziplining, and boating. Scouts will spend a half-day working on a merit badge. There will be six themed events held next year. Full Throttle is a great way for Scouts to have fun, learn new skills, and earn merit badges.

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Angler Classic

September 29 - October 1, 2023

Calling all anglers for the ultimate fishing tournament being held at Camp Strake. Armed with fishing rods, Scouts will have a chance to showcase their skills and reel in the big catch in the spirit of friendly competition. Scouts can attend individually for the day; troops can camp for the weekend.

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November 19-22, 2023

STEM Camp is a new extraordinary opportunity for Scouts to work on STEM-related merit badges and Nova awards. Scouts can engage in hands-on learning and explore exhilarating STEM programs, exhibits, and activities. If a Scout wants to learn more about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, then this is the week to be at camp!

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Eagle Scout Packet Verification

The Eagle Scout verification process has been streamlined. Packets can now be submitted to the Eagle Scout verification team by email. Packets are generally returned the next day with permission to schedule the Eagle Scout Board of Review. 

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Class of 2022 Eagle Scouts and Parents

In the fall of 2023, the names of the 2022 class of Eagle Scouts will be installed on the wall in front of the Cockrell Scout Center.  Eagle Scouts and their parents have until September 1, 2023, to submit any corrections. 

Review & Submit Corrections

Colonneh Lodge is the Sam Houston Area Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge.
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

Colonneh Lodge had an amazing time welcoming new members this summer at Camp Strake! It was incredible to watch all these Scouting leaders be rewarded for their hard work each Wednesday. In just five weeks the lodge welcomed 72 new Ordeal members and 51 members showing their dedication through completing Brotherhood.

Fall Events

Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women ages 14 to 20. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and become responsible, caring adults.

Venturing Banquet 

August 12, 2023

The Venturing Banquet is an opportunity to celebrate all the Venturers in the council. Officer elections will be held before dinner. Then after dinner, Venturers and advisors will be recognized for their outstanding work over the past year. 

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Sea Scouts is a specialized program for young men and women ages 14 to 20 that focuses on water high adventure and personal development..

Sea Scout Fair

August 26, 2023  |  12:00 - 3:00 pm

Make a spalsh with Sea Scouts. Youth interested in learning about Sea Scouts are invited to stop by the Cockrell Scout Center at our annual Open House.

The knots, first aid, safety and cooking you learn in Scouts BSA can be applied on sailboats. Camping overnight on boats applies to Order of the Arrow requirements. For more information, email:

Minto Rendezvous

September 8-10, 2023

Minto Rendezvous is an annual regional event where Sea Scouts test their knowledge and skills. The competition includes events that test a ship’s teamwork, training and preparation in a variety of nautical-related events.

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Scout Day with Texas A&M

September 16 or 23, 2023

The 12th Man Foundation is excited to welcome back all Scouts state-wide to yell for the Aggies at a discounted rate at two Aggie games this season. An exclusive Scout patch will be included with purchase and available to pick up on gameday.

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Scout Day with Rice University

October 28, 2023

Save the Date for Scout Day with Rice University.  The Rice Owls will be taking on Tulane.  More information regarding the events and tickets will be available soon.

Estate Planning

Are you ready to plan your will or trust? We can help you to successfully plan your estate and avoid accidental disinheritance. Did you know that your estate planning attorney can include provisions in your will that leave a lasting legacy in the form of charitable gifts to your favorite non-profits? It could be a gift of a specific asset, a dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate. You could also designate a charity as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, bank, or investment account. Please contact Travis Briner ( if you would like additional information or let us know if you have already included the Sam Houston Area Council in your estate plans.

Donate Your Vehicle or Boat

Help ensure the success of Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council with meaningful gifts including company matching gifts, company volunteer grants or by donating stocks, bonds, mutual funds, securities, uniforms, camping equipment and yes, even services. To donate a car, truck, RV, trailer, boat or motor to the council, visit One Car One Difference


Now Hiring

We continually search for potential employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. 

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SHAC Jamboree Contingent Set

Special edition Jamboree patches are here! This beautifully crafted patch set design will surely go down as a collector's item for all patch enthusiasts. Only 100 limited edition campership sets were made; there will be no more produced. This special offer includes two beautiful sets.

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August 17, 2023

Council Coordinated

Learn more about this meeting for district and council volunteers.

November 11, 2023

College of Commissioner Science

Learn more about this day of training for commissioners.

November 18, 2023

University of Scouting

Learn more about this day of training for leaders.

December 26-31, 2023

Winter Camp

Learn more about this wonderful opportunity for troops to go camping over winter break and for Scouts to earn merit badges.