Sam Houston Area Council is committed to making Scouting accessible to youth that may not be able to join a traditional unit. Scoutreach is a school-based program designed to provide the Cub Scout program to youth who need Scouting in underserved communities.

Program specialists provide the Cub Scout program to over 10,000 students in __ schools in the intercity areas of Houston. The Scouts receive all of the same opportunities as a traditional unit including summer camp, resident camp, and community service. 

Principals and teachers report that the Scouting program improves academics, reading and discipline. Make a difference in the lives of these youth by attending the World of Scouting Reception, sponsoring or attending one of our special events, or donating to the Sam Houston Area Council Scoutreach program.

Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.


Scouting Supports Education

Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through more than a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Scouting activities contribute to the academic development of the children who participate. The program is built around a series of theme-based explorations. As a Scout advances, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned. Cub Scout advancement supports over 120 elementary TEKS. 

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Scouting Builds Self-Confidence

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to

  • Try new things.
  • Provide service to others.
  • Build self-confidence.
  • Reinforce ethical standards.


Scouting Builds Character

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting helps youth develop the 6 Cs of education for the 21st century: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication, creativity, character education and citizenship. These skills help prepare children for future employment. Employers are looking for creative employees who have good problem-solving skills and an ability to adapt to changes; the Scouting program helps foster these skills.

Scouting Provides Mentors

Scouting, with programs for young men and women, helps meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society:

  • Mentoring
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Faith Traditions
  • Serving Others
  • Healthy Living
  • Building Character

Scouting Teaches Life Skills 

Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

Scouts learn about first aid, conservation, physical fitness, outdoor skills, science, character and more.

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Scouting Teaches Respect

Scouting provides the opportunity for youth with disabilities to participate fully and be respected like every other youth. 

For more than 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910.