Iron Horse District Roundtable

February 7, 2019

Roundtable will be held the 1st Thursday of February due to Valentine's Day.

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at the LDS Church (16331 Hafer Rd, Houston, 77090) 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 policy, 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.

District Award Nominations

Due January 26, 2018

Once a year, at district dinner in February, Iron Horse District recognizes outstanding adult volunteers who help make our district successful. Nominate Scouters who have served Iron Horse District youth above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations are filled out online except for the District Award of Merit and Eagle Scout Project of the Year which can be emailed to


Charter Partner of the Year

The Charter Partner of the Year Award has been presented annually to a community-based organization that charters a BSA unit(s) and demonstrates outstanding or distinctive relationships with its chartered unit(s), district, and community beyond normal expectation. Candidates for the Charter Partner of the Year Award must charter a unit(s) within the Sam Houston Area Council boundaries. Nominees from religious bodies, educational groups, civic/service/fraternal associations, business/industry/labor, and military/veterans’ organizations may be selected for recognition.  

 Charter Partner of Year Nomination Form

Conductor's Award

The Conductor's Award is for unit Scouters who are always called upon for service when the situation arises. These Scouter's are never afraid to take on the task at hand and do not ask for recognition. Candidates for the Conductor's Award may be nominated by anyone in their pack crew, troop, post or ship. All registered adult Scouter's in the Iron Horse district are eligible.

      Conductor's Award Nomination Form

District Award of Merit District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by councils. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. It is not appropriate to nominate a Scouter who has already received this award. A professional Scouter or other council employees may not receive this award based on employment service. However, a professional Scouter or employee who also serves as a volunteer Scouter may be eligible, based on volunteer service.

District Award of Merit Nomination Form

Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award

The Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award is presented for the Eagle Scout project, completed in the current year, that is deemed to be the most outstanding of those nominated, based on the need for the service, the leadership provided, the benefit to the recipient, the scope of the project, and lasting impact. Projects considered for the Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award will have met the criteria as specified by BSA, and may be nominated for recognition by any unit registered adult leader. All projects performed in Iron Horse district by registered Scouts are eligible for consideration.

    Eagle Scout Project of the Year Nomination Form

Family of the Year Award 

family of the year graphicThe Family of the Year Award is presented to a family who has, as a group, provided outstanding support to the scouting program in our district. Those families that make Scouting a “family commitment” deserve to be recognized. Candidates for the Family of the Year Award must have one BSA registered adult member. All such families in the Iron Horse District are eligible and may be nominated by any registered adult Scouter.

  Family of the Year Nomination Form

Golden Spike Award

The Golden Spike Award is for registered Scouters within the district who continually provide initiative, enthusiasm, and exceptional service to the Scouting programs in which they serve. They provide the spark to deliver on the promise of quality Scouting to packs, troops, crews, and the district. Candidates for the Golden Spike Award may be nominated by anyone in the district, pack crew, troop, post or ship. All registered adult Scouters in the Iron Horse district are eligible.

   Golden Spike Nomination Form

Gold Star Award

The Gold Star Award is for chartered units that have successfully completed the requirements for Journey to Excellence, Participated in council fundraisers, and participated in Iron Horse district events, and projects. These units willingly serve their community and stand as a shining example of what the BSA program has to offer. Candidates for the Gold Star Award will have met the criteria as specified by BSA, and may be nominated for recognition by any unit registered adult leader. All chartered units in the Iron Horse district are eligible. 

    Gold Star Nomination Form

Scout of the Year

The Iron Horse District Scout of the Year Award is for that Scout who has displayed unrivaled Scout spirit in their unit, community, family, church, school and in Iron Horse District by their support and promotion of the Scouting program. This will be shown through personal conduct (abiding by the Scout Law and Oath or Promise, appropriate to the type of unit), meeting attendance, participation in unit/district/council activities and events, acts of service, performance as a leader, and overall interaction with others.

Scout of the Year Nomination Form

Whitney Award

The late Doug Whitney exemplified the qualities of BSA leadership by continuously serving the youth in his charge while battling a serious illness. This award has been created in his honor to recognize exceptional leaders who work with youth at the unit level and the exhibit the spirit of Scouting. Candidates for the Whitney Award may be nominated by anyone in their pack crew, troop, post or ship. All registered adult Scouters in the Iron Horse district are eligible.

 Whitney Award Nomination Form

District Dinner

February 7, 2019  |  7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner for Volunteers

The District Dinner 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. Iron Horse District’s outstanding leaders at the unit and district levels will also be recognized. All volunteers in Iron Horse District are invited. The event is being held at LDS Church (16331 Hafer Rd, Houston, TX 77090).

The cost of the dinner is $6.50 for the first person and $5 for each additional person to cover awards, supplies etc. Please bring a dish to contribute to the dinner along with serving utensils. Register online with credit card, electronic check, or PayPal.  Council refund policy.

Learn More and Register


March 29 - 31, 2019

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops full of competition to test Scouting skills. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.  The Iron Horse and Phoenix District Chapters of the Order of the Arrow will be hosting a joint camporee. The event is being held at Camp Brosig (1893 Trenckmann Road, Sealy, TX 77474).

Patrols will compete in rank specific contests in archery, tomahawk throwing, fire building, first aid, pioneering, orienteering, and nature study.  Troops will be competing in the grand skills relay. Scoutmasters will demonstrate their skills in a specialized cook-off. Saturday night will end the night at a wonderful campfire full of awards, songs, and skits. 

Every troop must send a representative to the February and March roundtables to help plan the camporee. Every troop needs run a part of the camporee (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camporee promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation.

The registration fee is $10 per Scout and $5 per adult. Registration is completed by the unit leadership. Members of the Order of the Arrow who are volunteering to run stations can attend free of charge; contact the chapter chief to volunteer to help.

Registration is a two-step process. Troops need to RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes by February roundtable. Additional Scouts and adults can be added before payment is made. 

Learn More and Register


Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered around the council. For more information about training, contact Tamela De Maranville.

What to Bring to Training            Council Training Schedule

Date Course
(click on title for course description)
Location Time Cost Register
April 26-27, 2019 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball, TX 77375
Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
$31.50 Register
April 26-27, 2019 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball, TX 77375
Fr at 6:30 pm - 
Sat at 9:00 pm
$31.50 Register

Iron Horse District Newsletter

The Iron Horse District newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains information about upcoming district and council events and activities that is distributed at roundtable. Soon, the newsletter will be sent electronically. Sign up below. After signing up for the newsletter, please respond to the confirmation email.        

Sign-up for Electronic Newsletter

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.

The Scouting Trail: January 2019

January 26, 2019 (hanger drop off)
February 2, 2019 (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 Souper Bowl of Caring, the project begins Saturday, January 26, 2019, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 2, 2019, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

A Cub Scout and a Boy 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.

Learn More        Unit Participation Sign-up

Scout Fair coupon books are a brilliant way for units to raise money and prepare Scouts to earn their own way! The Scout Fair coupon book offers great savings for the buyer, while Scouts earn commissions for every $10 coupon book purchased. Buyers support the Scouting program while receiving hundreds of dollars in valuable savings from partners. All units receive a 30% base commission for each $10 Scout Fair coupon book sold, for funds turned in on or before April 6, 2018. Participate at Scout Fair with a booth and earn an additional 10% commission. Units can also take advantage of early bird turn-in dates offering 5%, 3% and 1% additional bonus commissions. In addition, your Scouts will qualify for prizes once they sell 15 coupon books. Please refer to the Scout Fair prize brochure for prizes and sales levels. 

Scouts and the entire family will enjoy visiting hundreds of booths with fun activities and crafts, learning Scout skills, meeting new friends and tasting the delicious outdoor cooking. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners and pick up free offers. The unit leader should sign-up the unit to sell Coupon Books.  The kick-off meeting for the unit representative is being held on January 24, 2019.

 Learn More      Sign Up to Sell Coupon Books

As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls into Cub Scouts and older girls into the Scouts BSA program starting on February 1, it is important that families understand the program or organization they are joining.

There have been some instances where our volunteers may have inadvertently used the name or trademarks of the Girl Scout of the USA (GSUSA) brand in spreading the word that girls are or will soon be part of all BSA programs. GSUSA recently have filed a lawsuit asserting that these instances have caused confusion. While we don’t believe there has been any such confusion, we respect and support the GSUSA and their rights to their brand.

To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, we have developed resources to make sure our leaders are aware of the do’s and don’ts in promoting BSA programs.

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 builds on the infographic, and the guidance provided to councils in April.

Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training     Infographic 

This training should be shared with all volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community. 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.

To aid you in this effort, councils and volunteers are encouraged to use these intro talking points as you host info sessions and launch efforts for Scouts BSA. Additionally, please use this resource to help address any questions you might get in the community about this matter.

Learn More

January 18, 2019, deadline to submit

Do you know a Scout who conducted a great service Eagle Scout service project? Then nominate them for the Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. This is a 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 2018 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 May 5, 2019. 

Nomination Form for Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year 

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.

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, have an opportunity to combine those skills and experiences in a career that values and respects others. Scouting is a profession with a purpose!  

Job Openings


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