Activities

The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of activities in which packs, troops, crews and ships are invited to participate. Districts also offer a variety of activities in your area.

Council Activities

The Baden Powell Dinner is an evening of fellowship for adult Scouters who have participated in Wood Badge or National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) courses.  Attendees from the previous year share memories of their leadership training experience through slide shows, stories, and regalia presentations.
 
Civic Service is important to help youth learn specific qualities of citizenship through service to others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 

Conservation activities are a great way to educate youth on local environmental issues and serve our community.                                                                                                             
COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It comprises a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities.

Council First Aid Meet is held each February. The top winning patrols from each district’s First Aid Meet compete in the council First Aid Meet.                                                       

Council Recognition Reception is an opportunity for the council to recognize the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter.
The Eagle Scout Association - SHAC is a fellowship of men who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank who desire to use their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. 
Fun with Family is held each October, and gives newly registered Cub Scouts and their families an opportunity to experience an overnight campout and exciting activities such as BB guns, crafts, archery and more!

International Scouting brings a truly international flavor to the Scouts in the greater Houston area.  The international committee works to expand knowledge about other cultures.
The New Eagle Scout Reception recognizes the previous year’s Eagle Scout Class. The council continues its tradition of providing this reception is free of charge for new Eagle Scouts and their guests.  The evening is underwritten with generous sponsorships by many Eagle Scout alumni, charter members and patrons.  

Popcorn sales are held each fall and are a wonderful fundraising opportunity for units, which support the entire year of Scouting.                                                                                      
Order of the Arrow activities are available to Colonneh Lodge members. The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.                
Quartermaster Equipment can be ordered by district events chairs. The council maintains equipment for district and council events at various locations around the council. 
Scout Days offer opportunities to receive discounts on events and/or advancement education with our community partners.                                                                        
Scout Fair is held each April at NRG Arena, with hundreds of booths run by units and community partners, outdoor cooking, merit badge midway, entertainment and much more.
Scoutreach is a program committed to making sure that youth have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background.
Scout Sunday is held the first week of February, and is an opportunity for units to participate in religious services. Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity for worshippers to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program chartered to a Jewish organization.
The Scouting Alumni Association welcomes everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day—to join today.

Scouting for Food is held each January, and is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.”                                              

Sea Scouts Activities are available for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years with an interest in aquatic activities.                                      

Shooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety of trainings, merit badge completion days and programs for BB guns, archery, pistol, rifle, muzzle loader and shotgun.

STEM activities engage youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.                                                                                                                                                              

Venturing Activities are available for young men and women 14 years of age (and in the 9th grade) through 20 years old.                                                                                               

District Activities

Districts offer a variety of activity in which packs, troops, crews and ships are invited to participate. 

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops and crews. Scouts in patrols compete in Scouting competitions. Patrols are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The following districts typically hold camporees:
 
   Aquila Brahman Flaming Arrow Mustang San Jacinto Twin Bayou
  Arrowhead Brazos George Strake Orion Soaring Eagle W.L. Davis
  Arrowmoon Copperhead Iron Horse Phoenix Texas Skies  
  Big Cypress David Crockett Lone Star Raven Thunder Wolf  
 
Cuboree / Cub Fun Day is an action-packed day (or weekend) for Cub Scouts in 1st - 5th grade. Scouts and their families can participate in a variety of fun activities. The following districts typically hold cuborees:
 
   Aquila David Crockett Orion Texas Skies
  Arrowmoon George Strake Phoenix  W.L. Davis
  Brazos Mustang San Jacinto  
 
Day / Twilight Camp is full of fun and excitement. Camp is held every night for four days in June. Cub Scouts have the opportunity to make new friends and share all kinds of new experiences, including BB guns, archery sports, nature crafts, Scout skills and more. The following districts tyipcally hold day camps:
 
   Aquila Brahman Flaming Arrow Orion Lone Star Twin Bayou
  Arrowhead Brazos George Strake Phoenix Soaring Eagle W.L. Davis
  Arrowmoon Copperhead Iron Horse Raven Texas Skies  
  Big Cypress David Crockett Mustang San Jacinto Thunder Wolf  
 
District Recognition Dinner is an opportunity to thank district volunteers for their hard work and dedication. 
 
   Aquila Brahman Flaming Arrow Orion Lone Star Twin Bayou
  Arrowhead Brazos George Strake Phoenix Soaring Eagle W.L. Davis
  Arrowmoon Copperhead Iron Horse Raven Texas Skies  
  Big Cypress David Crockett Mustang San Jacinto Thunder Wolf  
 
During the district First Aid Meet, Scouts in patrols are tested on their first aid skills. Patrols work as a team to solve several first aid scenarios. The top-scoring patrols represent the district at the council First Aid MeetThe following districts typically hold first aid meets:
 
   Aquila Brazos Raven
  Arrowhead David Crockett San Jacinto
  Big Cypress Flaming Arrow Twin Bayou
  Brahman Lone Star W.L. Davis
 
Fishing Tournaments are for Cub Scouts and their families. Cub Scouts compete to catch the longest, smallest and most fish by rank. The following districts typically hold fishing tournaments:
 
   Iron Horse San Jacinto                         
 
Merit Badge University is an opportunity for Scouts in troops or crews to work on several merit badges. Classes are taught by adults with experience in the field. The following districts typically hold merit badge events:
 
   Aquila Texas Skies Orion Phoenix Twin Bayou
           
 
New Scout Days / Bobcat Days are a fun-filled day for new Scouts and their families. Scouts can participate in a variety of fun activities and earn some advancements. The following districts typically hold events for new Scouts:
 
     Big Cypress Soaring Eagle Thunder Wolf
 
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The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Win or lose, Scouts will take pride in having done their best. Scouts learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship. The following districts typically hold derby events:
 
   David Crockett  Mustang  Orion       
 
Pushmobile is an event where Cub Scouts work together as a team to race their pushmobile through a course.  A pushmobile is a Cub Scout powered go-cart. Cub Scout dens make their own pushmobile. The following districts typically hold pushmobile events:
 
   Copperhead Orion      San Jacinto                        
  Iron Horse Phoenix Soaring Eagle      
 
Webelos Woods (or Webelos Do Your Best) is a camp out designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. The following districts typically hold Webelos Scout events:
 
   Aquila Brahman Flaming Arrow Mustang San Jacinto Texas Skies
  Arrowhead Brazos George Strake Orion Soaring Eagle Twin Bayou
  Arrowmoon Copperhead Iron Horse Phoenix Thunder Wolf  
  Big Cypress David Crockett   Raven