HOUSTON- Every year around this time, the Boy Scouts of America’s Sam Houston Council gears up to accept new members into the world of Scouting. Scouting activities involve the whole family and can be a great way to spend quality time or learn new things together.
Cub Scouts is for boys in the 2nd or 3rd grade. A family-centered program, Cub Scouts teaches goal-setting with recognition badges earned upon completion of specific tasks. Regular meetings in small groups encourage teamwork on projects. Boys enjoy games, sport competition and camp with family members.
For those who want their child to be physically fit, knowledgeable, excel in leadership and practice outdoor skills, membership into the Boy Scouts of America’s Sam Houston Council has all those privileges! Scouts show higher self-confidence, leadership skills and a greater interest in helping their family, friends, community and environment.
An independent 2012 study “EAGLE SCOUTS: Merit Beyond the Badge” by Baylor University, surveying 2,512 Eagle Scouts, Scouts and Non-Scouts concluded that Eagle Scouts are 76% more likely than non-Scouts to hold local community and workplace leadership positions, volunteer in religious (66%) and non-religious organizations (62%), and exercise their duty to vote (72%). For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth.
Scouting can address many of the challenges that African-American youth face growing up. With the availability of male mentors, challenging outdoor experiences and a goal-oriented, achievement-based program, youth learn to make the right choices and reach their true potential. African-American boys participate in scouting throughout the Sam Houston Area Council; at all levels and in most units. In Houston, there are also a number of primarily African-American Units that have a long and proud history of service to the Community. These units provide a unique perspective into the African-American experience, and where many of our community leaders began their Scouting experience. (Troop 242 / Pack 242 – Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Troop 686 / Pack 686 – Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Troop 500 / Pack 1500 – Brentwood Baptist Church, and Troop 601 / Pack 3601 – New Faith Missionary Baptist Church). The W. L. Davis District (South Region of the Houston ISD: Inner City of Houston Area, Third Ward, Sunnyside, Hiram Clarke Area, Magnolia, Denver Harbor and the Port of Houston) has proudly served youth in predominately African-American neighborhoods. The source of hundreds of Eagle Scouts, the District honors a community leader (local educator) that was instrumental in establishing an African-American Scouting unit in Houston in 1946. Although no longer predominately African-American, W. L. Davis District still continues to serve youth through Scouting in Houston. For more information, visit www.samhoustonbsa.org