Wild, Wild West Day Camp

June 20-24, 2016 

Day Camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the 2016-2017 school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts.  Lots of 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 $60 per Scout. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. There is a late fee of $10 for registering after 6/5/16. Day camp is being held from 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 pm at Burrough’s Park. Adults must be registered a minimum of two weeks before camp starts.

More Information and Registration

Phoenix District Roundtable

May 5, 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.

May’s theme will be “Summer Scouting for Dens and Packs,” and a special presentation on the Galveston Sea Base High Adventure area. In June, we’ll have our traditional ice cream social, and the Phoenix District Program Fair: come and find out about all the great adventures ahead this summer and fall! 

Program Preview - May Roundtable

Support your unit’s annual planning process by attending Program Preview, conducted at May roundtables. A calendar of 2016-2017 district and council dates will be distributed. Information will be available on all the fun events for the upcoming year in which units can participate.

After Program Preview, your unit should conduct its annual program planning conference to get ready for the coming year. Using national planning resources for each program, as well as various calendars (e.g., council, district, school, chartered partner), your unit can develop a program filled with safe and fun activities and adventures. Planning ahead allows the unit to generate new ideas, find resources, and allow more Scouts (and parents) to have a quality program that is exciting and will create memories! 

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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Merit Badge University

April 30, 2016

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. Registration is now open.

More Information and Registration


Trainer's Edge

May 14, 2016

The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands on experience in methods and media. 

The course is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church and costs $5. During the final training session, each participant will make a 5 minute presentation on a Scouting topic of his or her choice. The topic should be broad enough to allow the presenter to apply the learning from the morning sessions.  Please bring any material or equipment you will need for your presentation with you to the Trainer’s EDGE course. 

 More Information            Register

Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training

Classroom Facilitated YPT must be taken by anyone (both BSA registered and non-registered) 18 years old or older attending or staffing a long-term camping program in a camp licensed by the State of Texas (e.g., day camp, resident camp, Boy Scout summer camp, winter camp). For more information, visit the FAQ's for Classroom Facilitated YPT. YPT is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse and participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. The training takes about an hour to complete.  Bring: BSA Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), note taking materials. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. For more information, contact Tamela DeMaranville.

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
May 17, 2016 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center 5201
Spring Cypress Road Klein, Texas 77375
7-8:30 pm N/A N/A
May 25, 2016 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center 5201 
Spring Cypress Road Klein, Texas 77375
7-8:30 pm N/A N/A
June 11, 2016 Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center 5201 
Spring Cypress Road Klein, Texas 77375
9-10:30 am N/A N/A

District Calendar

Download the Phoenix District calendar for July 2016 - 2017. The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

Phoenix District 2016 - 2017 Calendar

Spring Recruiting

Spring is here Scouters, and you know what that means? It’s time to reach out to all of those potential Scouts and give them the opportunity to join Scouting.

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. For Cub Scouts, there is no better time to personally invite your son's friends to a meeting! District and pack campouts are coming up as well as day campresident camp and summertime pack activities! And don’t forget about all of those potential Scouts, the kindergarteners who can join on June 1! March and April is the time to get talkin’ with the schools and ask if you can invite kids to join Scouting! Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Scouts and their families involved early.

Pack Recruitment Resources          Order Spring Recruiting Flyer

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources:

Troop Recruitment Resources            Crew and Ship Recruitment Resources

Put your unit on the map

Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at www.BeAScout.org with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.

  • Sign into MyScouting
  • Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
  • Select “Unit Pin Management”
  • Update your unit information

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 Cubmaster or committee chair.

Help us promote Scouting

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

May 1, 2016

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver recognition was established. Anyone can nominate a Scouter for this award. Awards are presented at the Council Recognition Reception. Nominations are due May 1.

Nomination Form         More Information          Complete list of Silver Beaver Recipients

The Houston Chronicle​ will award nonprofit organizations $1 Million in advertising during their $1 Million Charity Giveaway. For every vote received, a nonprofit organization, like the Sam Houston Area Council, will receive $100 in newspaper advertising in the Houston Chronicle. Every vote counts! Subscribers to the Houston Chronicle will have the exclusive opportunity to vote for their favorite charity. Non-subscribers will have the opportunity to subscribe with a special offer in order to complete the voting process. Vote for the Boy Scouts of America at www.houstonchronicle.com/votehougives before April 30, 2016. Limit one voting entry per subscriber e-mail address. So, please vote today, and ask your friends and family to vote too!

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. May 20-22, 2016 at El Rancho Cima; September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Brosig.

Register for SHAC Corps

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.

May 14, 2016

Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences.  Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.

Register for Trainer's EDGE

May 15, 2016 

The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout class. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout alumni, Scouters, Scoutmasters and Cubmasters are all encouraged to attend this special program to recognize the Eagle Scout Class 2015-2016, 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 event is being held at at 2:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza (8686 Kirby Dr at the corner of Kirby Dr and 610).

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Sunday, July 24, 2016 vs. Angels

Sunday, August 28, 2016 vs. Rays

Join the Houston Astros to celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! Please wear your uniform. See the flyer for more information or contact Brent Broussard at (713) 259-8316 or Broussard@astros.com.


July 21 & 23, 2016

This sales training will help participants learn how to increase unit fundraising efforts. The training is being conducted by Michael Beck, a professional sales coach and creator of a program that has helped many units stop worrying about raising funds year-round and concentrate more on the FUN of Scouting.

He has helped units across the country increase their sales revenue dramatically (an average of 14 percent). Skills learned apply to all types of fundraising including popcorn, Scout Fair tickets and unit money earning projects. One representative from each unit should attend.  The training will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

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July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)

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.