Placemats to Promote Day Camp

Free, customizable placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets and den meetings to help promote day camp. Day camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Save the date:  June 20-24, 2016 from 7:45 am - 3:15 pm at Burroughs Park.

Letter Sized Placemat            Legal Sized Placemat

Phoenix District Recognized with the JTE Gold Award

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the performance recognition program for councils, districts and units. The BSA Journey to Excellence program uses a balanced approach and key performance indicators to measure performance versus process, encourage and reward success, and achieve the BSA mission. 

The Journey to Excellence program is based upon a proven balanced scorecard approach. Each level has slightly varying categories and or weighting based upon nationally validated studies that demonstrate what type of focus and achievement is necessary to you compare what you are doing against the standards. District objectives include finance, membership, program (e.g., advancement, camping, community service), unit service and leadership.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and our professional Scouters who work so hard every day to make our Scouting program stronger.

Phoenix District Roundtable

March 3, 2016

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.

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 newsletter is sent on a weekly basis and is in addition to the Roundtable newsletter.

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February 26-28, 2016

Boy Scout on compassCamp-o-ree is a weekend campout for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The camp-o-ree is being held at Tellepsen Scout Camp. Competitions include knots, lashings, orienteering, cooking, fire building, first aid, fitness and games. Competitions are more challenging for more experienced Scouts. There is an exciting high adventure program for older Scouts (ages 14 and up) which includes shooting sports, archery and climbing.

More Information and Registration

Report Scouting for Food Service Hours

Scouting for Food was a huge success.  Units are encouraged to report their Scouting for Food results on the Journey to Excellence website. This helps provide the community an accurate report on the great service and dedication our Scouts are showing throughout the Sam Houston Area Council.

Enter service hours              More Information and Resources

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign in which district volunteers make a short presentation explaining how the Scouting program is funded and why financial support is needed to maintain and expand the quality programs and camping facilities during a special meeting (e.g., Blue and Gold, Court of Honor). Unit Leaders: Please schedule your FOS presentation by January Roundtable.

Schedule an FOS presentation

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. The $24 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other . None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. 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.

Merit Badge University Volunteers Needed

We are recruiting volunteers for our Merit Badge University being held on April 30, 2016 at Lone Star College. The Merit Badge University (MBU) is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. 

Merit badge counselors are needed. We would like to offer over 30 different merit badges. Merit badge classes range from two to eight hours. Room volunteers are also needed. Room volunteers are parents that assist the merit badge counselor. Parents that volunteer get an early access pass which will allow them to register their Scouts for their classes a day early. The passes will be issued at the orientation. There are a limited number of passes which are issued on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up to teach a merit badge class or to serve as a room volunteer today.   Registration for Scouts will open in March.

More Information and Register as a Volunteer

Scout Fair

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00am - 3:00pm at NRG Arena

Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Bring comfortable shoes and your camera.  At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers. Open to the public. Admission is free (parking is $10). 

Scout Fair Page             Scout Fair Leader Page

Scout Fair Coupon Books 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. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving over $600 in valuable savings from partners such as Kroger, Sonic, Bass Pro, Goodyear and more. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair Coupon Book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 16, 2016. Participate at Scout Fair, as either a service unit or booth participant, and earn an additional 10% commission. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. When Scouts sell 15 or more Coupon Books, they'll earn the Super Salesman patch, qualify for entry in weekly drawings and earn great prizes from the Scout Fair Coupon Book prize brochure. Scouts who sell at least 216 Scout Fair Coupon Books will receive an additional bonus: A night at iFLYFor questions, contact Sheresa Barron.

Scout Fair Coupon Books Turn-in Locations:

  • February 4 - Phoenix Roundtable, Klein LDS Center 16535 Kleinwood Dr, Spring, 77379 at 6:30 pm
  • February 11 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • February 18 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • February 25 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • March 3 (5% bonus deadline) - Phoenix Roundtable, Klein LDS Stake (16535 Kleinwood Drive)
  • March 10 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • March 17 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • March 24 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • March 31 (3% bonus deadline) - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • April 7 (1% bonus deadline): Phoenix Roundtable, Klein LDS Stake (16535 Kleinwood Drive)
  • April 14 - Trinity Lutheran Church (5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77379) at 7:00 pm
  • April 16, 9:00 am - noon, Scout Fair (NRG Arena)

Scout Fair Booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the  Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2016. 

Scout Fair Booth Registration

Service Units: Units can participate in Scout Fair as a service unit. Service units should check-in at the council service unit booth upon arrival. Scouts are needed in many ways to help at Scout Fair, whether helping to hand out flyers, unload boxes, or set up areas. Your unit will receive a notice of where your help is needed one week before the fair. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission.

Scout Fair Service Unit Registration



Every Scout deserves a trained leader, and every leader deserves to be trained. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. 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!  For questions, contact Tamela DeMaranville.

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
February 20, 2016 Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Position-Specific Training Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center
5201 Spring Cypress Road
Spring, Texas 77379
7:30 am - 4 pm $10 Register
February 20, 2016 Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center
5201 Spring Cypress Road
Spring, Texas 77379
7:30 am - 4 pm $10 Register
March 4-5, 2016 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball, 77375
Fr at 6:30 pm - Sat at 9:00 pm $35 Register
March 5, 2016 Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball, 77375
7:30 am - 9:00 pm $25 Register
March 5, 2016 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball, 77375
7:30 am - 5:00 pm $20 Register

February 19, 2016

Scouters who have attended or staffed a Wood Badge course, staffed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), or staffed National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) are invited to attend the Baden Powell Fellowship Dinner. During the evening, attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories and regalia presentations. Scouters will be given an opportunity to contribute to the training scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Scouts and Scouters attending council leadership training courses. The dinner is held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Baden Powell Registration

February 26-28, 2016

The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is intended to be an opportunity for the youth to bring prospective Venturers and Sea Scouts to a council-wide activity. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. The registration fee is $10 for all participants. You can register as a unit or as an individual. All participants must be at least 14 years old. The registration fee includes a patch, and lunch on Saturday. ​T-shirts are available for $12. They are only available through online registration.


SHAC (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. The Order of the Arrow is leading this opportunity, but this service project is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Campers only need to bring their personal camp gear. Camp is providing the food and a special council shoulder patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Service projects will include creating new campsites and clearing new programs areas for activities. Letters will be given to youth who need school service hours. Units or individual Arrowmen (OA members) may register for this free event. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the event. February 19-21, 2016 at Bovay Scout Ranch; May 20-22, 2016 at El Rancho Cima; September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Brosig.

Register for SHAC Corps

March 4 - 6, 2016

This 16-hour, overnight course is for individuals, ages 14 and up who wish to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers 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. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. Completion of this course or another recognized Leave No Trace Trainer course is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in their unit. 

Register for BSA LNT Trainer Course                Learn More

ToolBank logoThe Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.

April 2, 2016

Once a year, thousands of volunteers gather along the Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest single day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash®. Scouts, Scouters and Scouting units can participate.


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