Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person district and council meetings, activities, and events have restrictions; council camp events have restrictions. The council office and Scouts Shops open with limited staff and social distancing protocols.  Learn More.


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Texas Skies District Roundtable

November 12, 2020  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphic Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (22111 Morton Ranch Rd, Katy, TX 77449) 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 events and training opportunities, 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 the district Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SHACTexasSkies.


Rocket Day

November 7, 2020  |  Times Vary

Youth who join Cub Scouts this year will receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at the cuboree. Youth in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. We will help you find a pack near you and get signed up for Scouting. The event is being held at The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy, TX 77450). This event is free. Parents reserve RSVP for a time slot so we will have an engine reserved for your rocket onsite and to allow small groups to shoot their rockets at the same time. 

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Training

https://san-jacinto.shac.org/DataTraining 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 training courses offered around the council. For more information, contact Aaron Sobel.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

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Register

Nov 13-15, 2020 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Camp Brosig (Sealy, TX) Fr at 6:00 pm to Sun at noon $36.50 Register
Nov 14-15, 2020 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Camp Brosig (Sealy, TX) Sat at 8:00 am to Sun at noon $36.50 Register

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

Get the word out about your Scout unit, with peer-to-peer cards.

Print on paper or card stock and cut them out,  It's that easy.

Print one-sided or two-sided. The two-sided cards can be customized with information about your unit.

Pass them out during Halloween or let your Scouts hand them out to friends.

SHAC Recruiting Site      BSA Brand Center     BSA Marketing and Membership Hub


November 9-12, 2020 (online classes) and November 14, 2020  at Camp Strake

University of Scouting is a semi-annual training event for leaders of all program levels, district and council leaders and parents. For 2020, participants can take virtual and/or in-person classes at the new Camp Strake. 

Sessions are led by experienced volunteers who will help you enhance your ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. This unique day of seminars provides information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of many years, the University of Scouting has something for you. Participants can take up to 3 virtual classes per night. The Saturday in-person will include a walking tour of the new Camp Strake. Participants can choose from one of eight training tracks.

Learn More and Register


Many units and families are discovering creative ways to have fun Scouting at home. When using digital and online resources, there are some important guidelines from the National Council about youth protection, safeguarding personal information and recording online meetings.

Across the nation, Scouters are finding ways to help keep their youth members engaged and Scouting. These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement-related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time.

Digital Safety       Scouting at Home       COVID-19 Updates       Advancement Update


November 14, 2020

Webelos Coyote Trail Xtreme (WCTX) is an annual event for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch. This year, WTCX will be a one-day event. During this fast-paced, event Webelos Scouts will work on advancements and be introduced to the patrol method. Webelos Scouts will learn the importance of teamwork and other skills they will need for their first camp out with a troop, such as basic knots, first aid, camping skills and more. Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868). 

Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s) can register. The fee for Webelos Coyote Xtreme is $65 per Webelos Scout and includes a patch, t-shirt, water bottle and program supplies. Space is limited, so register early. 

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Help promote Scouting on social media by adding a photo frame around your profile picture. Encourage families to Text Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or crew to 31996. They will be sent to www.shac.org/join, a website with all packs listed by school district and links to register online.

To find the frame, click on edit/update your profile picture (or go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes), search for a frame by entering Sam Houston Area Council, then choose one of our four frames.

Recruiting Website


For the fall of 2020, Adventure Camp will be a half-day event at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, Tx. Cub Scouts (accompanied by a parent or guardian) can participate in an exciting variety of activities such as archery, BB guns, fishing, and sports (or a haunted hike in October). 

Trained staffers will provide program supplies and will lead the activities. The most recent State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and spots will be limited. Groups will rotate together during the event will not mix with other groups. Individual families can register.

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November 21, 2020

merit badge sash

Scouts in troops can participate in merit badge classes held at the new Camp Strake. Classes will be held from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  State of Texas and Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and class sizes will be limited. Classes will stay together for the day and will not mix with other groups. Parents will drop off and pick up their Scout at the merit badge class. Scouts will go through a medical screening up arrival.

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While many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, they have questions about how to do so safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Learn the steps your unit can take to help return to Scouting activities. During the recent webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities.

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The leadership of the Sam Houston Area Council would like to present this, our twelfth update, on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak and protocols for Scouting operations going forward. We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate this situation as best we can.

Any units wishing to conduct small-scale meetings or activities should do so only if able to meet specific preventative guidance from the State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control and upon consultation with and approval from their chartered organization.

  • All in-person council meetings through December 31st are cancelled or postponed unless conducted over teleconference or online.
  • District meetings (ex: Roundtables, District Committee Meetings, Commissioner Staff Meetings) may be conducted in person only if standards from the State of Texas and CDC can be met. Otherwise, these meetings should be conducted over teleconference or online.
  • Beginning November 1st, overnight district and council activities and trainings are allowed for Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Adult Leaders. These events still must submit a plan to ERM in advance to ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines. Cub Scouts, including Webelos Scouts, are not permitted to attend overnight district and council activities through December 31st. Webelos Scouts may attend district or council activities, such as Webelos Woods, as day-only participants. Adult-only overnight trainings, such as BALOO and IOLS are allowed beginning November 1st.
    • Merit Badge Days will continue to be held at Camp Strake through the fall. More information, including how to register, may be found here and will updated as more days are added.
  • Weekend camping for Cub Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch is cancelled through December 31st.
    • Additional "Outdoor Sports Days” will be conducted at Bovay Scout Ranch during the fall as a replacement for Adventure Camp overnight programs. 
  • Weekend camping for Scouts BSA at Tellepsen Scout Camp is available; Camp Strake reservations open soon. Participating troops must follow council policies regarding social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures, along with State of Texas protocols for camps.
  • The Cockrell Scout Center remains open for drop off only with hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
    • Any interaction needed with staff members must be conducted through phone and email. If you need assistance determining the appropriate person to contact, please refer to our updated “who to call directory,” or contact the receptionist at (713) 659-8111 during our office hours to be directed to the appropriate person.
    • Field-based staff (District Executives) will be working remotely during this time and are available by phone and email.
  • The 5 Scout Shop locations are open to limited retail traffic (store hours)
  • University of Scouting will be conducted in both online and in-person formats during the week of November 9-14th
  • Colonneh Lodge has established plans to conduct Order of the Arrow Ordeals during COVID-19. 
  • Scout Fair 2021 has been cancelled.
  • Our council program team is currently looking at planning and potential alternate planning for other upcoming major events.

Our Enterprise Risk Management Team is working regularly and diligently to determine our plans going forward. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 response for the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.org. The council remains committed to keeping our constituents updated regularly with new information as we have it. We will continue to communicate through three main mechanisms – FacebookEmail, and Council Website. Please consult these regularly for updates.

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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: October 2020


Looking for a Cub Scout Pack

Join Cub Scouts graphic Welcome to the adventure of Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting helps to support your family by providing ready-made opportunities for you and your child to do things together. As a parent, you want to be assured that the groups that your child joins will teach values consistent with good citizenship, character development, and physical fitness. The Boy Scouts of America has been weaving these lifetime values into fun and educational activities since 1910.

Find a pack near you