January 25, 2025 (hanger drop off)
February 1, 2025 (food pick up)
Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. In partnership with the Souper Bowl of Caring, the project begins Saturday, January 25, 2025, as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 1, 2025, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.
A Scout promises to help other people at all times. There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.
Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America.
A unit representative should sign up the unit for Scouting for Food.
Sign Up (opens fall 2025) Unit Leader Guidebook
The unit Scouting For Food chair should attend the January district roundtable to pick up door hangers. If the unit representative is unable to attend roundtable, contact the district Scouting for Food chair or district professional. All participating Scouts will receive a Scouting for Food patch. The unit Scouting for Food coordinator can pick up the patches at the March district roundtable.
Reporting Food Collected and Service Hours / Ordering Patches
On February 1, 2025, the unit leader will report the amount of food collected and request patches. Patches will be available for pickup at March roundtables.
Report Food Collected and Order Patches (link opens in January 2025)
Unit Leader Guidebook and FAQs
- Unit Leader Guidebook: What information does the unit chair need?
Unit Chair Event Guide
Ensure your unit has a Scouting for Food coordinator as well as an additional group of helpers Ensure your district Scouting for Food chair knows your unit is participating by registering your unit online at www.shac.org/scouting-for-food#register. Promote on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor. Get your Scouts and local community excited about this great opportunity to make a difference and help fight hunger in the Sam Houston Area Council!
Pick up unit coverage maps and door hangers at the January roundtable.
Before Hanger Distribution
Distribute territory instructions and safety guidelines to Scouts and drivers. Ensure enough drivers are recruited for the Saturdays. Divide your coverage maps into smaller areas to provide to each driver/Scout team.
Door Hanger Distribution Day
Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers. Pass out maps and driver instructions. Deliver door hangers door to door.
Food Collection Day
Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers. Pass out maps and driver instructions. Conduct the food collection for your territory. Consolidate the food into as few vehicles as possible for transport to the drop off site Calculate the food weight using the suggested formula and complete the unit collection report. Deliver the food to the designated district drop off site Contact your district Scouting for Food chair and report the number of pounds collected.
After Food Collection Day
Congratulate your Scouts on a job well done. Scout leader logs in service hours at www.shac.org/scouting-for-food#report. The unit Scouting for Food chair collects patches at March roundtable, and distribute them at next unit meeting.
Unit Territory Instructions
Your unit should work its assigned territory only. It is crucial that you cover your assigned area thoroughly. Each year the council office receives calls from disappointed people whose homes are missed. On boundary streets, collect on your side of the street only (unless given other instructions). Skip apartment units with controlled access and "No Solicitation" rules. Scouts should not enter a building with multiple units, or a single entry that would allow a Scout to be out of sight from the street. Collect from private homes only. Do not solicit from grocery stores or other commercial establishments. Be certain Scouts are in full uniform, travel in groups of two or more, and are adequately supervised - this is especially true for Cub Scouts. Door hangers should be distributed door-to-door beginning at 9:00 am. Place hangers on a door handle or between a storm door and entry door. Do not put them in mailboxes; it is against the law. Food must be collected beginning at 9:00 am or later. Collect food from the same area where you distributed door hangers. Food should be turned in to your district collection station or local food pantry. Collection stations will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be supervised by Scouting volunteers. If you have any questions, contact your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional.
Do not go into unsafe areas or areas that you are not comfortable Use the buddy system and be safety conscious. No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members (e.g., have one adult and two youth members in a group) Use extreme caution when crossing streets. Never to ride in the back of pick-ups or trailers Never to enter a home Do not enter fenced yards with dogs Always wear safety belts while riding in a vehicle Always make sure an adult accompanies all Scouts Wear a Scout uniform Be friendly and courteous to everyone. Do not walk across lawns or flowerbeds. Use sidewalks. Thank people even if they don't contribute. Have fun with your fellow Scouts!
Reporting Service Hours and Collection Totals
On Saturday, after the collection is complete, please report service hours and the amount of food collected to the link above. The unit report can help collect the information that will need to be reported.
Unit type and number Unit contact Participation (number of Scouts, siblings, leaders, other adults) Name of the organization where food was donated Total hours of service (number of people volunteering times hours worked both weekends) Type of service (food collection or food sorting) Amount of food collected [number of items and pounds of food (pounds of food = number of cans and boxes x .8)] Feedback
- In which neighborhoods do we collect food?
- Units should coordinate with their district Scouting for Food chair to determine where each of the district’s units will be collecting food. Coordinating with the district Scouting for Food chair should eliminate any confusion regarding overlapping coverage areas.
- Do Scouts need to work both weekends in order to earn the Scouting for Food patch?
- Scouts only need to participate in one of the two weekends for Scouting for Food (hanger drop off or food pick up). Scouts are encouraged to, participate both weekends.
- We can’t volunteer on either Saturday. Is there another way to participate in Scouting for Food?
Yes, there is an option for units to help at the Houston Food Bank on dates TBD. The Houston Food Bank is located at 535 Portwall St, Houston, TX 77029.
- Can volunteers other than Scouts and their parents participate in the food drive?
- Yes, members of the entire family can participate in the food drive. Their participation is counted towards Journey to Excellence (JTE).
- We dropped off the food at the food pantry. What do we do now?
- After dropping off the food, the unit representative should report how many pounds of food were collected.
- How do we submit Journey to Excellence service hours?
- The council will submit your unit's service hours on the BSA Journey to Excellence website.
- When can we pick-up our Scouting for Food patches?
- If a unit reports their participation on the day of food collection, patches should be available to units at the March roundtable. Delays in submissions will mean special arrangements will need to be made for a pick-up at a future roundtable.
- Can we do food drives at other times of the year?
- Yes, units can participate in individual or group food drives at other times of the year. The food pantries will appreciate any donations provided. These service hours can be entered in Journey to Excellence so the unit receives credit for participating in a service project; however, Scouting for Food patches won’t be available for these collections.
For questions, including the appropriateness of a service project, contact the district Scouting for Food chair below. The district Day of Service chair provides leadership to the district for Scouting for Food campaign.