District Award Nominations

Due November 24, 2016

Nominate Scouters who have served youth above and beyond the call of duty at the unit and district level for special awards. This is an opportunity to help recognize and thank leaders and volunteers that helped the unit succeed in delivering a great Scouting program for your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts.  Several awards will be presented to volunteers at the Big Cypress District Adult Recognition Event.  

Nomination Forms

  • Branching Out - Family of the Year Award (district level)
  • Cut Above the Rest - Partners in Scouting Award (district level)
  • Sapling - New Scouter Award" (unit level)
  • Tree of Life - Unit Adult Recognition Award (unit level)
  • District Award of Merit (district level)

Big Cypress District Roundtable

December 8, 2016

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Cypress United Methodist Church (13403 Cypress N. Houston Rd., Cypress, 77429) 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.


Adult Recognition Event

December 8, 2016

fleur-de-leis on a plateThe Adult 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. Big Cypress District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized.  All volunteers in Big Cypress District are invited. The event is being held at roundtable, and is potluck.

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Recharters

Due December 8, 2016

Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:

  • Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures
  • Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) 
  • Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position
  • Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31thst
  • Read the important information at www.shac.org/recharter

   More Information      Journey to Excellence


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


Life to Eagle Scout

Life patch and Eagle Scout pinEagle Scout Board of review: After a Boy Scout has completed the requirements for any rank, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank. For an Eagle Scout board of review, at least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. On the advancement page (under the resources tab), there is a new form to request a district representative to served on the Eagle Scout board of review.   

Eagle Scout Service Project: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. On the advancement page (under the resources tab), there is a new form to request a district Eagle Scout project approval review meeting.

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Modifications to Cub Scout program give den leaders more flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.

What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program. 

Learn More            Program Updates


December 10, 2016

Top Leader Basic Training Day is an opportunity for top unit leaders to complete training before recharter. All top leaders must be trained before December recharter. Top leaders are Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, Skippers, and Coaches. Scoutmasters also need Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to be considered trainedThere is $5 charge for the training if registering online or $10 at the door. See the council training schedule for additional courses being offered around the council.   

Register for Top Leader Training Day       Council Training Schedule


Due December 31, 2016

All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects. A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn.

Attention all units!  Did you know that your unit can earn points towards the Journey to Excellence program just for logging your units community service hours online? That’s right your unit can earn up to 200 extra points if you log your service hours online. All types of service projects can be entered into this system including the Good Turn for America projects such as the shelter drive, food drive, and blood drive. Units may also enter their service hours for community projects that they took on as a unit. Please log all service hours. Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

Report Service Hours

      What hours should be logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your chartered organization
  • Scouting for Food hours
  • Eagle Scout project hours

      Resources

Scouting's Journey to Excellence is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.  •  Pack Scorecard  • Troop Scorecard  • Crew Scorecard  • Ship Scorecard  • Team Scorecard  • Post Scorecard

Journey to Excellence Website

Internet Advancements are due December 31st. Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges.  Units should make sure all advancements are submitted by December 31, 2016, so proper Journey to Excellence (JTE) advancement statistics will be accurate for your unit and district.


January 15, 2017, deadline to submit

Is Your Eagle Scout Service Project the best of the bestAfter all of the planning, sweat, and effort involved in your Eagle Scout service project, what do you do next? The Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award program of the National Council is designed to recognize the valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. 

Every 2015 Eagle Scout service project is eligible.  Parents, mentors, or leaders of the Eagle Scout can complete the form on behalf of the Eagle Scout. The top six Eagle Scout service projects from the council will be recognized at the New Eagle Scout Reception on April 2, 2017. 

Nomination Form for Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year 


January 28, 2017 (hanger drop off)
February 4, 2017 (food pick up)

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," the project begins Saturday, January 28, 2017, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 4, 2017, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. Unit Scouting For Food chair should attend the January district roundtable to pick up your unit's supply of door hangers.

Learn More and Register        Unit Chair Guidebook


April 7-9 and April 28-30, 2017

 

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. Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs. The course spans two, three-day weekends. The first weekend will be held at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and the second weekend will be held in Galveston.

Register for Powder Horn          Learn More   


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)