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March 26, 2021, by Victor Rivera

Sam Houston achieved 80 years in Scouting on March 12, 2021

Longhorn Council Scouter Sam Houston celebrated his 80th year in Scouting on his 89th birthday, March 12, 2021.  The in-person celebration that LHC Heart O’ Texas District has planned will be bitter-sweet since Mr. Houston passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Funeral services were announced on the Heart O’ Texas District Facebook page and shared on our Longhorn Council Facebook page.  Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  It is very kind of his family to share some Scouting achievements and mementos with us.

Sam Houston Obituary (1932 – 2021) – Hillsboro, TX – Waco Tribune-Herald (

Heart O’ Texas District Executive, Kevin Lane and District Leader, David Skelton, provided an in-depth look into Sam Houston’s Scouting history.  They also invite the local community to help commemorate his 80-year achievement.  Please see their press release below.

The annual Hillsboro Friends of Scouting Dinner will be 6 to 7:30pm, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Scout Hut in Hillsboro located at 915 Corsicana Highway.  The food is being prepared by the local Scout Troop 345 with help from their parents.  Local Cub Scouts of Pack 860 will help serve.  Troop 345, sponsored by the Hillsboro Optimist Club, is led by Scoutmaster Douglas Volcik. Pack 860, sponsored by the Hillsboro Lions Club, is led by Dave Mojica. This year, we are celebrating Sam Houston’s 80th anniversary in Scouting.  While Sam passed away just the other day, we will still be remembering his years of service and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America and the proud legacy he leaves behind.

Sam Houston joined Cub Scouts in the late 1930’s.  He has been involved in Scouting ever since. He became a Scout Master in 1958. Since that time, he has held almost every position in Scouting from Council President three times and Council Commissioner for thirteen years. He is a distinguished Eagle Scout and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Eagle Scout Association and was a proud Order of the Arrow member.

Sam moved to Hill County in 1981 leading HILCO Electric Co-op until his retirement in 1995. He is a Baptist minister and has pastored rural churches for forty years, the last thirty-four at Woodrow Baptist Church.  As a minister, he has served as Chaplain for the Boy Scout Council for fifty years including being the National Baptist Chaplain for Scouting and President of the National Baptist Association for Scouting. In 2018, he was recognized at the National Annual Meeting as the eleventh recipient of the National Duty to God Award. Laura Bush and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates were in attendance. Sam has served at eleven National Boy Scout Jamborees and two World Scout Jamborees.

Reservations are being requested in order to prepare adequate food. Please call Kevin Lane, District Executive, at 254-640-7048 or David Skelton at 254-580-8222. Reservations may also be made by e-mailing [email protected]. or [email protected]. While there is no cost for the meal, donations would be appreciated.

Come to dinner. Check out all the scouting gear and learn about the Troop’s upcoming trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico.

The Waco Tribune-Herald recently published a fantastic article about LHC Scouter Sam Houston.

“Houston is proud of the fact that he’s a lifelong Scout. He’s been a continuously registered member of the Scouts since 1941. He served as past national president, executive board member and chaplain for the Association of Baptists for Scouting. He was chaplain for numerous events, including 12 national jamborees and two world jamborees, one of which was in Sweden that he took his son to. (It rained 11 out of 12 days, but they met the king of Sweden.)

Recipient of the Scout’s National Duty to God Award in 2018, Houston also received the Distinguished Eagle Scout, the Silver Beaver and the Silver Good Shepherd Award for more than 50 years of service to children, youth, and families.”

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE from the Waco Herald-Tribune << click here. 

On behalf of a grateful council, BSA organization and country-thank you for your duty to God and Country Mr. Houston.  We will miss you.

Yours in Scouting Service,

Victor Rivera  |  Director of Marketing and Communications
Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council
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