Council Activities

Sam Houston Area Council Activities

The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of activities in which Exploring posts are invited to participate. Check out the council calendar for specific dates.

Winter   |   Spring    |   Summer    |   Fall   |   Year Round


SHAC Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.” There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit to the community than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive!
The SHAC Ten Commandments Hike is an opportunity for Scouts and families to hike to ten places of worship and then listen a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history and distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the Ten Commandments. Several hikes are offered around the Houston area.
The SHAC University of Scouting is a one-day training opportunity for leaders of all program areas to come together for a day of fun, fellowship and learning. University of Scouting offers over 100 different classes, presented by some of the most experienced volunteers in the council covering leader specific training, information on how to train youth, conservation, program ideas and more.
Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath is an opportunity for units are urged to participate in the religious service of their chartering organization.  Units are encouraged to attend en masse in uniform, do a flag ceremony, speak about Scouting, and/or formally thank them for their support throughout the year. Why not also have a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area for afterwards? This is also a great time to distribute the religious awards earned by scouts.



The SHAC Scout Fair is a fabulous, fun-filled day for Scouts from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scouts to mingle with thousands of other Scouts and their families, participate in hundreds of hands-on activities, and taste gourmet camp-fare cooked by Scouts. Scout Fair is held at the Reliant Arena. Admission is free (parking is $10). Scout Fair Coupon Books are a wonderful way for units to raise money Coupon Books are easy to sell.  Sign up your unit for a booth.


SHAC Boy Scout Summer Camp hosts a variety of summer experiences at El Rancho Cima where Boy Scouts can earn merit badges and learn and practice their Scouting skills at Cockrell River Camp or Walter Hall Horseshoe Bend.
SHAC Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience at El Rancho Cima. Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers and adults can experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Participants can sign up individually or with their post.



Selling popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting by selling Trail’s End gourmet popcorn. Online sales begin August 1. Traditional take-order sales run from October 1 to December 2.


Year Round Activities

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.
Scout Days are opportunities for Scouts to receive discounts on events with our community partners such as Scout Day with the Houston Astros, Schlitterbahn Galveston, Monster Jam, Harlem Globetrotters, Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Houston Rodeo and more.
SHAC Corps is an opportunity for Scouts and Scouters to give back to camp in the form of a day of service. The OA is leading this service project, but this opportunity is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers. Camp is providing the food and a special council should patch that will only be available to those who provide service. Units or individual Arrowmen may register.

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.
Wood Badge is a six-day advanced leadership course offered four times per year for Scout leaders involved in all program levels – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Wood Badge is some of the best (and definitely the most fun!) leadership training you will find anywhere. Leadership skills developed through Wood Badge will make you a more effective leader at work, in Scouting at home and in other volunteer roles. During the course you will define your personal vision of success for your Scouting position, and then outline five significant goals to bring that vision to life.