Phoenix Newsletter

The Phoenix roundtable newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains information about upcoming district and council events and activities and becomes available the first Thursday of the month. The electronic newsletter is sent on a weekly basis and is in addition to the roundtable newsletter.

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Phoenix District Roundtable

April 5, 2018   |   7:00 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month at Klein LDS Center (16535 Kleinwood Dr, Spring, 77379) at 7:00 pm 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. Follow our Facebook page.

District Calendar

Download the Phoenix District calendar for July 2018 to June 2019. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

District Calendar: July 2018 to June 2019

Annual Planning: A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.

   Leader Resources       Unit Program Planning Tools

 Cub Scout Planning       Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning

New District Executive

Please join us in welcoming Heard Robinson as the senior district executive for the Phoenix District.  His role as district executive will be to provide leadership and support to the volunteers in our district with a focus on district operations, membership recruiting, unit service, family Friends of Scouting, and product sales.  Heard began his professional Scouting career with the Sam Houston Area Council as the district executive for the Flaming Arrow II District in May 2013. In August of 2013, Heard began serving the Orion District as district executive. In September of 2016 he was promoted to senior district executive for the Orion District. Heard has successfully served the volunteers and local communities within Orion for the last 4½ years. Achievements:

  • Chairman’s Winner Circle in 2015, 2017
  • 3 years of growth in Friends of Scouting dollars raised
  • Achieved Unit Growth in 2014
  • Achieved Membership Growth in 2015 and 2017

We are very excited to have Heard serve as the senior district executive for the Phoenix District. Heard can be reached at (713) 689-4619 (cell) or

Scout Fair Coupon Books

Scout Fair KickoffScout Fair coupon books sales are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair coupon book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 coupon book purchased. At the Scout Fair Kickoff, unit leaders receive training and materials. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. For more information, contact Sarah Matthews.

Turn-in Dates and Locations       Learn More about Coupon Books





Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. For more information about training, contact Tamela De Maranville.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
April 26, 2018 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
7:00 pm N/A Not Needed
May 5, 2018

Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) and

Cub Scout Day Camp Walker Orientation

Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
9:00 am N/A Not Needed
May 8, 2018 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) and
Cub Scout Day Camp Walker Orientation
Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
7:00 pm N/A Not Needed
May 29, 2018

Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) and

Cub Scout Day Camp Walker Orientation


Klein LDS Center
16535 Kleinwood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379

7:00 pm N/A Not Needed
June 9, 2018 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) and
Cub Scout Day Camp Walker Orientation
Masjid Al Salam
16700 Old Louetta Rd, 2nd floor
Spring, TX 77379
9:00 am N/A Not Needed

Day Camp

June 18-22, 2018   |   7:45 am - 3:15 pm 

Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Day camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. No matter what camp you choose, you can be sure it will be loaded with an awesome program such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more. The camp is being held at Burrough’s Park, 9738 Huffsmith Rd, Tomball TX 77375).

Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13. Boy Scouts and youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer. The registration fee is $66.50 for the first Scout and $65 for each addition Scout. The fee for adult volunteers is $15. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and a water bottle. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots, siblings and Tigers are at camp.

  • There is an early registration discount of $5 for Scout until 3/15/18.
  • Late registration is an extra $20 and begins May 15, 2018; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed.
  • Registration closes on 6/3/18 for youth and adults.

Learn More and Register

Update your unit information on the web

Calling all unit leaders! Now is the perfect time to make it easy for Scouting families to find your unit.

Step 1: has a Google pin for every unit! Update your unit information by signing into MyScouting, under Unit Tools select BeAScout, the click on Unit Pin Management. If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the unit leader or committee chair.

Step 2: Verify the information on the district website. Send corrections to the webmaster.

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: March 2018

March 24, 2018

University of Scouting is a training for leaders of all program areas to come together for a day of fun, fellowship and learning. University of Scouting has over 100 different classes, presented by some of the most experienced volunteers in the council covering leader specific training, information on how to train youth, conservation, program ideas and more. University of Scouting also offers several youth courses.

  Register        Course Catalog        Learn More          

Sunday, May 6, 2018   |  2:00 pm

The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and their guests. 

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout alumni, Scouters, Scoutmasters and Cubmasters are all encouraged to attend this special program to recognize the 2017 Eagle Scout class, the Adams Project of the Year Award, and NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipients. Eagle Scouts and their families will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to be recognized by accomplished Eagle Scouts. The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons. The event is being held at Crowne Plaza (8686 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77054).

Learn More and RSVP

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