Gus Sanchez is an Eagle Scout from Troop 901 in the Big Cypress District, a graduate of Langham Creek High School and currently a Junior at Texas A&M University. Gus was selected by the Boy Scouts of America to represent the United States at the 12th World Scout Youth Forum in Rogla, Slovenia and the 40th World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Gus is one of five Scouts selected nationally to represent the BSA at the World Youth Forum and World Scout Conference! We're honored to have a Scout from the Big Cypress District and the Sam Houston Area Council traveling to Slovenia and representing the BSA Scouting program! Keep up with Gus' travels and adventures at his blog, learn more about International Scouting and how you can be a part of the FUN!
Enjoy your journey Gus and safe travels!
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 North Loop West,
This one-day course is designed to help Scout leaders be better trainers!
Come learn the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences! This course will give you the tools to present an effective and exciting training. Learn ideas and methods to improve your presentations.
Come prepared to give a 10-12 minute presentation on any BSA-related topic, such as advancement, Pack camping, backpacking, high adventure, etc. (bring any necessary materials & equipment for your presentation). You will learn the “do’s and don’ts” of professional training, all of this while having fun!!
This course is open to ALL unit leaders.
For any Scouter who delivers training to youth or adults:
o District and council trainers
o Roundtable staff
o Commissioner trainers
o Pack trainers
o Merit badge counselors – including summer and winter camp
o Wood Badge and NYLT staff – youth & adults
o Just about anyone!
Check-in begins at
Please bring your own lunch, snacks, drinks, etc.
All participants should come prepared to deliver a 10 minute presentation on a topic from any BSA material.
Bring any necessary equipment or props with you.
The 2014-15 Big Cypress District Calendar is available for your planning sessions (if you haven't already scheduled that with your Unit!) Click HERE to download a copy. Get a head start on the Fall and make sure your Unit doesn't miss any great District or Council activities!
Our Cub Scout Roundtable attendees shared some great Summertime Pack activities at the May Roundable. Here are some fun, exciting (and affordable!) places to take your Den/Patrol or Pack! If you have other great ideas, share them on the Big Cypress District Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BigCypress
SEA CENTER TEXAS
Sea Center Texas is a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
LOCATION: Lake Jackson, TX
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for group reservations and details.
Don't Miss: Andrew J. Sansom Youth Fishing Pond, Scouts can participate in a catch and release fishing activity! The half-acre pond is stocked with red drum, black drum, croaker and other saltwater fish. TPWD will provide the equipment and bait.
SAND CASTLE COMPETITION
Sand Castle Competition sponsored by Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
LOCATION: East Beach, Galveston Island
ADMISSION: FREE, Parking at East Beach is $10 (Cash Only, No ATM)
EVENT DATE: SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014
6:30am Beach opens for teams and sponsors
9:00am Public is encouraged to begin to arrive to watch the competition.
10:00am - 3:00pm Teams compete and build. Public favorite voting
11:00am - 7:00pm City of Galveston's Guinness Book of World Record Recycling Collection
3:00 - 4:30pm Judging
4:30pm Awards Ceremony
PORT OF HOUSTON BOAT TOUR
Take a free tour of one of the world's busiest shipping ports aboard the M/V Sam Houston
LOCATION: 7300 CLINTON DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77020
If you have a small group (Den or Patrol) you can register online. Visit the Special Tour Request section if you would like to schedule the boat for larger groups (up to 90 people). http://www.portofhouston.com/community-outreach/sam-houston-boat-tour/special-tour-request/
MRS. BAIRD'S BAKERY TOUR
"Whether you are looking for a great field trip or for a fun day out with the family, Mrs Baird's invites you to tour one of our four Texas bakeries. The smell of fresh-baked bread can't be beat and it's a wonderful learning opportunity for the kids to see a bakery in action, not to mention a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many of those who were raised on Mrs Baird's Bread and toured the facilities as children."
LOCATION: 6650 N. Houston - Rosslyn Rd. Houston, TX 77091
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: http://www.mrsbairds.com/bakery/peek.html
RESERVATIONS (25 person maximum per group): http://www.mrsbairds.com/bakery/tour.php
BLUE BELL CREAMERIES
LOCATION: 1101 South Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833
Ice Cream, MY FAVORITE! Take a 45 minute tour of the Blue Bell Factory and see how they whip up some of your favorite chilled summer concoctions.
ADMISSION (INCLUDES A SERVING OF BLUE BELL ICE CREAM)
General Admission $6.00
Senior Citizens (55+) and Children (6 to 14) $4.00
Groups of 15 or more must have a reservation Sept. through May
No group reservations June thru August.
HOUSTON AREA LIVE STEAMERS
Ride the miniature rails in Zube park in Northwest Houston! On the third Saturday of each month, March through November, the members of Houston Area Live Steamers offer FREE rides to the public on their track.
LOCATION: Zube Park, 17802 Roberts Rd.
ADMISSION: FREE (DONATIONS ACCEPTED, THEY ALSO SELL T-SHIRTS & TRAIN MEMORIBILLA)
June Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
September Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GREATER HOUSTON SOAP BOX DERBY
Experience the THRILL OF THE HILL in a All-American Soap Box Derby car! GHSBD has cars for kids ages 8 and up and adults of all ages. They host a free PUBLIC FUN DAY during the summer.
LOCATION: Hockley Derby Park , 28515 Old Washington Rd, Hockley
DATE: Saturday, July 12 (night event - 6 pm until 9 pm)
ADMISSION: FREE (DONATIONS ACCEPTED) Come early if you have a large group, wait times are longer towards the end of the event.
THE PRINTING MUSEUM
Schedule a Guided Tour of this fascinating museum and print a page from the Gutenberg Bible and your very own copy of the Declaration of Independence using actual 19th Century presses. Sign up for the optional silk-screening experience and print your own Scout t-shirt.
LOCATION: 1324 W. Clay Street, Houston, Texas 77019
ADMISSION: Guided Tour - $7 for adults, $3 for students, and $5 for seniors. Optional Silk-Screening experience is $10
HOURS: Guided Tours are Scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.
Regular Museum Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
HOUSTON ASTROS SCOUT DAY
Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
LOCATION: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
GAME TIME: Sunday, September 21, 2014 1:10 PM
Arrive early to participate in the pregame parade and stay late for post-game "run the bases."
•View Deck 2: $10
•View Deck I: $12
•Bullpen Box: $21
•Field Box IV: $23
•Field Box I: $33
SUGARLAND SKEETERS BASEBALL - SCOUT SLEEPOVER
The Skeeters are excited to announce their 2nd Annual Scout Sleepovers! Scouts can spend an evening under the stars at Constellation Field, on August 23rd (Boy Scouts). Scouts are invited to participate in a pre-game parade, attend the game, watch a movie on the Texas- sized video board, and bring their tents to camp out for the one of a kind sleepover. All scouts will receive a patch for their participation. The event sold out quickly last season, so Skeeters fans and scouts are encouraged to secure their tickets early.
6:00-6:15 PM - Scouts participating in the Scout parade should gather their group out in the right field lawn area. Parade will begin around 6:20 PM.
Scout Day Patches
In honor of the 2014 Scout Sleepover, all Scout participants will receive a patch.
You and your troop or pack will re-enter Constellation Field after everyone has left the premises. This allows you to return to your vehicles to retrieve your camping gear and stake-less tents to set up in the outfield. The Skeeters will provide a snack, movie on the giant Texas-shaped video board, as well as a continental breakfast in the morning which concludes at 8 AM.
THE SLEEPOVER WILL SELL OUT!!! PLEASE RESERVE YOUR GROUP A.S.A.P.!!!
Too hot to go hiking? Don't feel like putting on the sunblock or bug spray? Head Downtown and take an underground hike! Put together a fun hiking experience in the air-conditioned comfort of the Downtown tunnels and sky bridges. Head over to Chase Tower (600 Travis) and visit the Sky Lobby on the 60th floor! This floor serves as an observation floor as well as a transfer point to shuttle tenants to floors 49-59 and 61-75. The Sky Lobby is open to the public during the working hours of 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Disheveled Woman and Personage and Birds are also on display in the Sky Lobby. Stop by City Hall and take a tour! Here are some sites you can visit to plan your hike.
OTHER GREAT SUMMERTIME ACTIVITY IDEAS:
From The Guide to Safe Scouting, "Go-carting conducted at a commercial facility that provides equipment and supervision of cart operation is authorized upon submittal of a completed tour and activity plan."
KIDS BOWL FREE ALL SUMMER!
From Chapter 2 of the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual
"CUB SCOUT PROGRAMS
Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level. Archery and BB gun shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/ Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or to council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced. Archery and BB gun shooting are not to be done at the pack level.
The use of pellet air rifles is restricted to Webelos Scouts in a BSA resident camp setting only.
All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and who meets the minimum requirements."
The next Rangemaster Trainings are scheduled for:
Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Council Office 2225 North Loop West Houston, TX 77008 conference room # 200 at 10:00 AM.
Saturday May 10, 2014 at Bovay Scout Ranch 3450 County Road 317 Navasota, TX 77868 – Nature Center at 10:00 AM.
Sunday June 8, 2014 at the Council Office 2225 North Loop West Houston, TX 77008 conference room # 100 at 10:00 AM.
Cost: $5.00 cash (exact change) or check payable to SHAC at the door, please be on time.
For more information or to RSVP online: http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/range-master-registration
The Big Cypress District and the CyFair/Fairfield Community has suffered a tremendous loss of a Scout in a traffic accident yesterday evening. Zachary Prill was a member of Pack 1533 at Ault Elementary, an active Webelos Scout and a member of the Cobra Dragon Patrol. His mother and sister were also in the accident and are currently in stable condition at the hospital. Zachary’s father was preparing for Easter service at Community of Faith Church and was not injured. We mourn the loss of Zachary and offer our prayers and condolences, as well as thoughts of comfort and healing to the Prill family.
A Give Forward campaign has been set up to provide financial support for the Prill Family to assist with expenses during this difficult time for them. Please consider visiting the link to donate, members of Cub Scout Pack 1533 are coordinating this effort. The Big Cypress District is posting this info to encourage support for this Scouting family, if you have any questions about this campaign, please reach out to Pack 1533 (message us directly if you need their contact information).
Courtesy of Paul Roberts, Big Cypress District Advancement Chair via Bryan Wendell and the fine folks at Scouting Magazine (visit their fantastic blog at http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/), have you ever wondered what Merit Badges your Boy Scouts are earning? There are currently 136 Merit Badges that a Scout can earn, everything from Camping, Canoeing, Digital Technology, Traffic Safety and Nuclear Science.
Scouting Magazine compiled a list of Merit Badges by popularity and the results are what you would expect from today's Scouts focused on safety, ecology and citizenship.
Top 5 Merit Badges:
Citizenship in the World
Citizenship in the Nation
Interestingly enough, some of the newest Merit Badges such as Robotics, Welding and Search and Rescue are proving to be very popular. Sadly some of the older Merit Badges aren't as popular as they used to be. Near the bottom of the list is Journalism, American Business and Bugling. Programming, a relatively new Merit Badge sits at the bottom but I suspect it will take off fairly quickly.
Check out the rest of the list below or visit the Scouting Magazine Blog for all the details.