New District Executive

Please join us in welcoming Dylan Knau as the new Senior District Executive for the Texas Skies District.  Dylan's field service experience will support our efforts to provide the best possible customer service to the volunteers and families in the Texas Skies District. Dylan is originally from Beaumont, TX and a graduate of Lamar University where he earned a BA in History.  Dylan joined our Sam Houston Area Council team in September of 2019 as district executive serving the Arrowhead 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. Dylan can be reached at dylan.knau@scouting.org.

We also want to congratulate Juan Hernandez for being promoted to Field Director of the SHAC East Division.


Texas Skies District Roundtable

February 10, 2022  |  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 Jeanette Hayes Elementary School (21203 Park Timbers Ln, Katy, TX 77450) 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.


District Recognition Reception
February 10, 2022

Jeanette Hayes Elementary School
21203 Park Timbers Ln, Katy, TX 77450


District Dinner graphic

The District Award Recognition event is an opportunity for a night of fellowship and great food as we acknowledge and thank our adult volunteers for the hard work and dedication that made this year incredibly successful. Texas Skies District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will be recognized.  All volunteers in Texas Skies District are invited.  District Award Recognition event will be held at the February district roundtable. Registration is not required for the event.


District Award Nominations

Due by January 31, 2022

Nominate Scouters who have served Texas Skies District youth above and beyond the call of duty. Awards are presented at the District Dinner. For questions about nominations, contact the district advancement chair.  

 

Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is presented to one or more Scouters in each unit who has made a significant impact in the lives of youth in the unit and/or district. 

Nomination Form    Learn More

Family of the Year Nomination

family of the year graphicThe family is an important part of Scouting. Family support for each youth is vital to their success in Scouting. Those parents who volunteer as leaders are a vital support for other kids as well as their own. The extra effort that parents put forth as leaders, in addition to their family responsibilities, deserve to be recognized.

Nomination Forms    Learn More

District Award of Merit 

District Award of MeritThe District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district.  The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.  A committee of district peers will review the nominations and select the recipients.  

Nomination Forms    Learn More


Problems Receiving District Communications?

Recently, many Texas Skies District members have reported that they are not receiving emails from district leadership, committee members and the district newsletter.  After a brief investigation, we believe that the problem is caused by more aggressive email filtering performed by email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo and Oulook/Hotmail.  To work around the issue, we recommend creating safe/approved sender lists for all email sent from addresses that contain "@texas-skies.org". Safe or approved sender lists will normally bypass email provider SPAM filtering, allowing district email to land in your INBOX, rather than in a JUNK, SPAM or PROMOTIONS folder.  For more details, feel free to reach out to the Texas Skies District website admin at webmaster@texas-skies.org.


April 28-May 1, 2022  |  Camp Strake

Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course which helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship. Do you have young adults in Venturing who are looking to breathe underwater because they have already learned how to filter it?  What about Scouts who are ready to maximize their shooting skills?  Would you like to expose Scouts in your troop, crew or ship to rock climbing, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, firefighting, search and rescue, trekking in a different countries, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, wilderness first aid, astronomy, shooting sport (e.g., rifle, shotgun, handgun, archery), equestrian, 1860 baseball, wilderness survival, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)Sea Scouts, the Kodiak Challenge, the Hornaday awardMessenger of Peace, living history, Leave No Trace, vendors, the National Scout Jamboree, event planning, scuba diving, and more?

Learn More and Register


If you find an error on the district website or any of the council websites, please let us know. 

Submit corrections needed, information updates, broken links, or even suggestions on how to improve. 

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It's time to sign up for summer camp. Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail.

Summer camp is held at Camp Strake, a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Program areas include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), climbing, rappelling, boating (canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding), swimming, ATV riding, ziplining, merit badge classes and more.

Learn More and Register


Full Throttle is a weekend event for Scouts BSA. Troops who are camping at Camp Strake on April 29 - May 1, 2022, or May 7-8, 2022, can sign up their Scouts to participate in activities such as shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery), climbing, COPE (high-ropes course), zipline, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding or ATV riding. The camp staff provides the program leadership. Registration is now open for spring.

Learn More and Register


In Scouting events and activities, the BSA’s primary consideration is the safety of its youth and adult members. To achieve that goal, the BSA, in consultation with other organizations, has created specific guidelines for shooting sports. These organizations also provide training and instructor certification by discipline-specific subject matter experts to prepare those individuals who will serve in a leadership or supervisory role in the various shooting sports activities. Training classes are offered in order to be able to run a shooting (pistol, rifle, shotgun, archery) range at a troop, crew, ship, district or council event. 

Register for Training       Learn More about Shooting Sports


To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, it important to remind units to follow BSA Brand Guidelines and use approved materials from the BSA Brand Center in developing their recruiting materials. This includes following the requirements included in the Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide and the associated Brand Training Guide.  

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community.

BSA Brand Guidelines     BSA Brand Center    Scouts BSA Branding Dos and Don’ts Guide    Brand Training Guide

While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining.

  • We are The Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations.
  • We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them.
  • We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.

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