Welcome our new District Director

We are excited to announce that the position of Mustang District Director is being filled by Michael Clanahan. Michael comes to us from Circle Ten Council in Dallas, TX. Michael earned his Eagle Scout in the Mustang District and served as the Mustang District OA chapter chief. We look forward to his leadership in supporting the volunteers and families of the Mustang District. Michael can be reached at Michael.Clanahan@scouting.org or (713) 756.3388.


Popcorn Sales

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Lisa Saenz. The council is using a new vendor for popcorn the year, Camp masters.

Sign your unit up to sell popcorn             Learn More      

Why Sell Popcorn?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club, $2K club. 


Fall Recruiting

Fall recruiting training will be held during roundtable. The fall membership campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending fall recruiting training. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to the training! The council provides a variety of support materials for your pack. We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign will be Rocket Into Scouting. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. For more information, contact John Tobin.

         Learn More        Order Fall Recruiting Night Fliers         Checklist


Mustang District Roundtable

September 8, 2016   

Stay Informed, Attend Roundtable graphicRoundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month (except for June and July) at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, 77079) 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 upcoming events and trainings, 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.     


Spook-o-ree

October 20, 2016

spook-o-ree graphicSpook-o-ree is an action-packed day for Cub Scouts (1st - 5th grade) and their families at Bear Creek Pioneer Park. Scouts will work on advancements (required and elective adventures) and have fun, fun, fun! 

Events include activities such as the space derby, tent-to-tent trick or treating, physical fitness, pumpkin carving, water bottle rockets, ghostly campfire, archery, golf ball toss, rope making, push carts, and much, much, more! Packs can camp the entire weekend. 

Early registration is $10 per Scout and sibling (participating in the activities) who register before October 12, 2016 and includes a patch.  After 10/13/16, the registration fee is $15 per Scout. Late and onsite registrants are not guaranteed a patch.

More Information and Registration


Annual Planning

A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance. The plan is then shared with all families in the form of an annual program calendar. Two other key elements of successful units are trained leaders and having the right leaders.

West Division Program Guide         Leader Resources   

Cub Scout Planning        Boy Scout Planning       Venturing Planning


District Calendar

calendarDownload the Mustang District calendar for July 2016 - July 2017. Please verify all printed dates with the current online calendar and event information.

The council calendar and council toolkit provide additional information on upcoming council events.

Mustang District calendar for 2016 - 2017


Put your unit on the map

Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at www.BeAScout.org with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.

  • Sign into MyScouting
  • Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
  • Select “Unit Pin Management”
  • Update your unit information

If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the Cubmaster or committee chair.


Help us promote Scouting

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


May 6, 2017

Minute Maid Park

We are excited to announce that Scout Fair will be held at Minute Maid Park on May 6, 2017, so mark your calendars.  At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area. Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers. 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. 


September 10, 2016

Advancement Academy is a training for unit advancement chairs, committee members, unit leaders and district advancement committee members. Instructors will discuss advancements for all Scouts, training requirements and recent advancement updates and changes. The day begins with an opening general session followed by program specific breakout sessions. The working lunch will consist of a Q&A discussion on advancement topics followed by additional breakout sessions.

This training is a highly recommended program for all district and unit advancement chairs and anyone interested or involved in the advancement process. The fee to attend is $5. Lunch will be available for $8 and must be ordered when registering. Copies of the Advancement Guide are available at the special discount price of $10, if pre-ordered ($12 onsite).

                 Course Schedule                        Course Catalog                       Advancement Academy Registration      


September 24, 2016

Order of the Arrow members will be leading a service project on National Public Lands Day. This service opportunity is open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, family members and Venturers. The event is being held at ​Double Lake Recreation Area (301 FM 2025 Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331). This cost is $5 and includes lunch. 

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors will provide service at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states. 

Learn More and Register


October 14-16, 2016

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is a 16-hour, overnight course to train participants, ages 14 and up, to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs.

 Learn More        Register for NLT Course     

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course 

October 28-30 and November 10-13, 2016

The Leave No Trace Master Educator Course is a 5-day course conducted over two weekends. Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended. Graduated LNT Master Educators will be able to organize and teach the 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainers Course, the BSA Leave No Trace 101, and Outdoor Ethics Orientation, LNT awareness workshops and facilitate all of the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. 

 Learn More        Register for LNT Master Educator Course         


July 19-28, 2017 

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

   Register for Council Contingent      Register for Jamboree Staff      Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)


ToolBank logoThe Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program serving other nonprofits by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers. For three pennies on the dollar, the Houston Community ToolBank provides fast and easy access to tools (e.g., loppers, drills, ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, rakes, safety cones, water coolers, cordless drills, safety gears, painting equipment) for Eagle Scout projects and community service projects to increase the impact and community revitalization efforts.