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November 2023

Day of Service

Join thousands of Scouts and leaders for our inaugural Day of Service. Schools, churches, chartered organizations, parks, and other agencies need expert and enthusiastic service provided by our Scouts, leaders, and families. December 9, 2023 Service projects close to December 9, 2023, can be included, such as Wreaths Across America.


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. Troops, crews, ships, and individual Scouts can attend! November 19-23, 2023

Winter Camp

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Scouts to earn merit badges. Over 80 merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. Individual Scouts can also attend. December 26-31, 2023


It's Recharter Time

The annual unit recharter season for 2024 starts today. 

Get Ready!… by appointing a recharter champion to lead the recharter process and conduct a membership inventory to determine the members planning to recharter.

Get Set!…by creating the unit’s recharter roster with Internet Rechartering 2.0 on November 1st.

Get Done!… by submitting an approved recharter roster by December 15th and then promptly taking any needed corrective actions. 


Youth Protection

The BSA has adopted many policies for the safety and well-being of its members (Guide to Safe Scouting ). These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. All parents and caregivers should understand that our leaders are to abide by these safeguards.  FAQs

BSA Medal of Merit

Scout Hunter Reid Tomlinson successfully rescued his mother who was choking on food. The incident happened While Scout Hunter Tomlinson and his mother were preparing food in the home kitchen, his mother said she needed help in a muffled tone. Hunter went to her, noticing she was having issues breathing and correctly positioned himself and performed abdominal thrusts. After the first set of abdominal thrusts did not successfully dislodge the substance his mother started choking.  Hunter then started performing abdominal thrusts again.

On the second attempt, the food was dislodged, and Hunter’s mother was able to resume breathing normally.

In recognition of his actions of administering abdominal thrusts, having to start, stop, and then start again, all while demonstrating exceptional character and calmness under pressure, Hunter was awarded BSA's Medal of Merit.

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Troop 208 - Care Packages

Congratulations to the Scouts of Troop 208 of the Raven District for putting together care packages for deployed service men and women.  Working with Blue Star Moms, Houston Area Chapter - TX2, the Scouts completed 21 care packages! Hats off to these Scouts for the impact they are making.


Troop 1002 - Recruitment

Troop 1002 of the Coastal Plains District held an exciting membership recruiting effort as they participated at the Trunk or Treat at Dickinson Elementary with s’mores and fishing for candy fish. Great job Scouts!


College of Commissioner Science

Get ready for a weekend that will elevate commissioner skills to new heights when commissioners come together for the annual Commissioner Retreat and College of Commissioner Science.  Any BSA adult leader interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is invited to attend. November 10-11, 2023

University of Scouting

Packed with support for brand-new Cub Scout parents and leaders, University of Scouting sessions are led by experienced volunteers willing to help new leaders deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts.  Lone Star College Tomball. November 18, 2023


Learn tips to avoid hassles for new families by registering members correctly and prevent having to remove duplicates in Scoutbook, My.Scouting or Internet Advancement. Contact us if you have a duplicate entry that needs to be removed from Scoutbook. FAQs

Fall Adventure Camps

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.


Family Camping

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. 


Webelos Coyote Xtreme

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme is a campout for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders) at Bovay Scout Ranch. During this fast-paced weekend Webelos Scouts will be introduced to the patrol method and will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first campout with a troop. November 10-12, 2023

NYLT - a few spots remain for Winter 2023

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level leadership-building program for certain youth members. December 26-31, 2023


Camp Staff

The council has a great challenge each year to provide Scouts and Scouters who attend our camps with a great camping experience. We are looking for dedicated individuals to apply to be on camp staff for seasonal weekend events and/or summer camp at Bovay Scout Ranch and/or Camp Strake. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. 


Strake Odyssey

Embark on an extraordinary journey with Strake Odyssey, Camp Strake’s new space-focused camp. Dive into the wonders of astronomy, rocketry, and cosmic exploration, igniting young minds with hands-on activities and captivating simulations that bring the universe to life. July 14-20, 2024


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.  

SHAC Summer Camp at Camp Strake

New Camp App

The Camping and Outdoor Committee is thrilled to introduce a new camp app for use at Camp Strake and Bovay Scout Ranch. The app will serve as a vital communication tool for all camp attendees, offering convenient access to essential resources such as the camp 

map, schedule, program updates, emergency announcements, and much more. Find the app by searching for "Sam Houston Area Council" on both Apple and Android platforms.

Merit Badge Days

Merit Badge Days are an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews, or ships to work on requirements for one or more merit badges. Classes are taught by career professionals and Scouters with real-life experiences in the field.  December 2, 2023

Archery Training

Troops, crews, and posts can conduct archery events at the unit level. The USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification practical course is being held at Camp Strake on November 11, 2023. 

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.

Fall Fellowship

Fall Fellowship is Colonneh Lodge’s premier event with a weekend full of gripping competition, exciting games, thrilling shows, and so much more. Order of the Arrow members are invited to register for three days of nonstop fun and fellowship at Camp Strake. November 3-5, 2024

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 Marksmanship Weekend

The Sea Scout Marksmanship Weekend is an opportunity for Sea Scouts to shoot rifle, pistol, shotgun, and archery, and throw axes. Scouts can also camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. December 1-2, 2023.

Scout Days
Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends, and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families at discounted rates.

• November 5, 2023: Houston Texans Scout Day

• November 10, 2023: Houston Rockets Scout Day
• November 18, 2023: University of Houston
Merit Badge Classes held by our official partners

Kroger Community Rewards Program
Support Scouting simply by shopping at Kroger. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards card. For existing Kroger Rewards members:

1. Visit and login to your Kroger account
2. Search for Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America or account CU704
3. Click Enroll
4. Swipe your Rewards card or enter your rewards number at check-out and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the council.

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. Learn more about our job opportunities .

December 15-17, 2023

SHAC Corps

S.H.A.C. (Scouts Helping at Camp) Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service at Camp Strake.

February 10, 2024

Council First Aid Meet

The First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts in troops to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations.

January 6, 2024

Key Leader's Conference

Key Leader's Conference is an annual meeting for district leadership.

January 6, 2024

Council Recognition Reception

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and heroism awards.