Announcement of Annual Meeting

The annual business meeting of the Tall Timbers District is being held soon. The district committee is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of Scouting throughout a district through the achievement of district goals. Thus, the task of the district nominating committee selecting a slate of competent officers and members at large for the next year is an extremely important one. The nominating committee forms the slate of nominees for district chair, one or more vice chairs, and district members at large. During the annual business meeting, chartered organization representatives, and registered district and council members will vote on the slate of officers following the procedures as outlined in the District Nominating Committee Worksheet, No. 14-33157. The nominating committee has been appointed:

  • Alex Sutton III (Chair)
  • Gil Staley
  • Roger Galatas
  • Virgil Yoakum

If you have a suggestion for the nominating committee to consider or questions, please contact Mary Welch, Senior District Executive at mary.welch@scouting.org.

District committee meetings are typically held the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at The Woodlands United Methodist Church family life building (2200 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380). Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program. All districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions:

  1. The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.
  2. The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
  3. The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
  4. The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.

Tall Timbers District Roundtable

December 14, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tall Timbers District Roundtable

Roundtable is a monthly district meeting typically held the second Thursday of every month at LDS Glen Loch Ward Building (27707 Glen Loch Dr., The Woodlands 77381) 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. There is information for Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders. Follow us on Facebook.


Webelos Woods

November 10-12, 2017

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration, and Scout spirit. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch - Duke Energy Camporee Site (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868). All troops and Webelos Scout dens must preregister. The cost is $10 per participant and includes the camp fee, patch, program supplies and awards. T-shirts must be ordered before 10/29/17. There is a late fee of $5 after November 8, 2017. Onsite registration is $20 and patches are not guaranteed. 

Learn More and Register


District Award Nominations

Due December 14, 2017

Do you know a Scouter who has provided outstanding service to the Scouting program? Then nominate them for a district award. Think of all the good work you've seen in our district during the past year and who needs to be recognized for it. This might be a leader in a unit, a district event chair, or a fellow commissioner.

Learn More        Nomination Form (Word)        Nomination Form (.pdf)   

Scouting Resume: Scouters are encouraged to complete a Scouting resume. This is not a time to be humble! Let us know all the good things that you have done and are doing both within and outside of Scouting. This information becomes particularly important when nominating someone for council awards. Then, encourage those who have worked on your team during the year to serve complete a resume. If you have completed a resume in the past, but it's been more than two years, send an email to Diane Cannon and she will send you a copy for use in updating.

Scouting Resume (Word)          Scouting Resume (.pdf)


Friends of Scouting

 2015 FOS CSPFriends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 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 activities. 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 helps:

  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Provide assistance to those in need
  • Keep camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programming and facilities
  • Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders

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.

Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.

 Donate               Sign up for FOS presentation


Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Mary Welch.

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Life to Eagle Scout

Tall Timbers DistrictAfter 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.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review:  At least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. Find out more about how to request a district representative for an Eagle Scout Board of Review on our advancement page.

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. Find out more about how to request a district project approval meeting on our advancement page.


December 2, 2017

The College of Commissioner Science is a day of training for commissioners from Commissioner Basic Training through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy. The goal of this experience is to promote the increased effectiveness of the individual commissioner. This ongoing training opportunity will benefit new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners. You do not have to be a registered commissioner to attend. Any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend. The training is being held at the Cockrell Scout Center.

Register       Course Catalog       Course Descriptions       Learn More


December 5, 2017

Each unit is asked to conduct a Friends of Scouting campaign to explain the services of the Sam Houston Area Council to parents and leaders and offer them the opportunity to financially support the council's annual operation.  

This training session is for district Family Friends of Scouting chairs as well as unit ambassadors. The role of the unit ambassador is to ensure unit participation and fundraising goals are set and achieved.

RSVP

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.


December 9 or 10, 2017

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) is designed to help prepare Philmont advisors to lead a successful trek. PASS is an 8-hour course taught by experiences Philmont staffers that covers backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont. Participants will enjoy a trail lunch and sample a trail dinner in between training sessions. At the conclusion of the course, advisors will receive PASS materials to share with crew members. The December 9th course will be held at Camp Brosig and the December 10th course will be held at the Cockrell Scout Center. The cost is $40.

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Our local Scout Shops are once again providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scouts who may be in need of uniform and Scouting items. This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 6 through December 18, 2017.

The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan Giving Tree (similar to an Angel Tree) will be set up at the Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the items they need and other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scouting supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child. We need your assistance to make this project a success. So, start shopping to help every Scout in need.

Find a Scout Shop Near You

December Roundtable

Recharter is the annual reregistering of all Scouts and Scouters. Internet rechartering opened on November 1, 2017. Recharter turn-in will be held during December roundtable. For more information contact your unit commissioner.

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The unit should be doing the following:

  • Ensuring all registered adults have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT) before March 1, 2018.  If their YPT expires before this date, have them take the appropriate YPT at myscouting.org.
  • Ensuring all registered adults have the correct BSA ID in their my.scouting.org profile.
  • Ensuring the current or new unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor) is fully trained.

December 26-31, 2017

Winter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field. The 32nd annual winter camp will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868), just 3 miles outside of Navasota, TX. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Learn More and Register


January 27, 2018 (hanger drop off)
February 3, 2018 (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 27, 2018, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 3, 2018, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries. A Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. The unit representative should register the unit for Scouting for Food.

Register        Learn More          Unit Chair Guidebook


The Sam Houston Area Council is continually searching for potential career employees who would like to work in a profession that has a meaningful, rewarding purpose. Bring to the BSA your varied life experiences, education, and perspective, and in return, you will have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  Check out the current openings at www.shac.org/employment.


Scout Days are awesome opportunities to get your Scouts, friends and family together for some exciting experiences around the area with other Scouting families. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission. Also, many of our partners offer merit badge classes and advancement workshops for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Learn more about Scout Days


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.