Sea Scout Activities

The SHAC Sea Scout Committee and boatswains plan several activities in which ships are invited to participate. 

Sea Scout Academy is a regional Sea Scout learning experience held on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January. Classes directly relate to Sea Scout advancement and the development of youth leadership. Youth may choose from one of seven tracks of study. Youth are taught advancement skills such as radio procedures, rules of the road and navigation. Each track has 16 hours of instruction and application of skills required for specific ranks. Regardless of the track a youth pursues, all participants spend time sailing and applying their skills.
Sail Daze is a day of small boat sailing on Galveston Bay in May. Participants gather at the Houston Yacht Club, and SHAC ships provide Sunfish, Lasers, catamarans, and other “trailerable” craft for a day of fun.
Minto Rendezvous is a regional event held in September where Sea Scouts test their knowledge and skills. The competition includes over 20 events that test a ship’s teamwork, training and preparation in a variety of nautical-related events.


The Aggie Cup Regatta is the regatta that determines which two teams from the Southern Region west of the Mississippi River will race in the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Regatta.  The two Aggie Cup teams will compete wtih Sea Scouts from across America and Sea Scouts from 10 to 12 foreign countries.

Venturing Activities

The Venturing Officers Association (VOA) plans several activities in which ships and crews are invited to participate. The events are planned during the Venturing Forums.

Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout held in May for crews, ships, friends and potential Venturers and Sea Scouts. The 2015 event featured Highland Games.  Check back soon to see what the Venturing Officers Association has planned for 2016.
The Venturing Extravaganza is the end-of-the-summer activity for Venturers, Sea Scouts and their friends.  Make it a full weekend, just a day, or a night and a day activity. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long summer day. Activities typically include a full slate of aquatic activities, sports, swimming, slip and slide, movies, games, and more. The council Venturing Leadership Awards will be presented after dinner on Saturday evening.



Sam Houston Area Council Activities

The Sam Houston Area Council offers a variety of activities in which Scouts are invited to participate. Districts also offer a variety of activities in your area.

Conservation activities are a great way to educate youth on local environmental issues and serve our community.
COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It comprises a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities.

Popcorn sales are held each fall, and are a wonderful fundraising opportunity for units, which support the entire year of Scouting.
Scout Days offer opportunities to receive discounts on events and/or advancement education with our community partners.
Scout Fair is held each April at Reliant Arena, with hundreds of booths run by units and community partners, outdoor cooking, merit badge midway, entertainment and much more.
Scout Sunday / Sabbath is held the first week of February, and is an opportunity for units to participate in religious services.
Scouting for Food is held each January, and is a council-wide service project in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring.”
SHAC Corps is an opportunity for troops and crews to give back to camp in the form of a day of service.
Silhouette Shooting Archery
Shooting Sports: The shooting sports committee offers a variety of trainings, merit badge completion days and programs for bb guns, archery, pistol, rifle, muzzle loader and shotgun.

STEM activities engage youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Ten Commandments Hike is held each February, and is open to Scouts and Scouters and families of all ages. Participants hike to ten places of worship and hear a spokesperson from the religious organization explain the history and distinctive nature of that organization’s religious beliefs and a brief explanation of one of the Ten Commandments.