Better Business Bureau Report for
Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Address: 2225 North Loop West
  Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-659-8111
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1914, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Sam Houston Area Council, Boys Scouts of America offers the following programs: Tiger Cubs for boys in the first grade: Boy and parent or guardian seek, discover, and share. Cub Scouts for boys 7-10: Program focuses on motto, "Do Your Best." Cubs experience fun activities that develop personal and social skills while earning advancement and recognition. Boy Scouts for boys 11-17: Positive adult role models combine outdoor programs with learning opportunities through the merit badge program. Benefits include the development of leadership skills, developing a boy's peer group, community service, rank advancement, and citizenship and positive value system. Venturing for young men and women 14-20: a youth development program providing positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults with an emphasis on team building and high adventure. Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women 14-20 years of age designed to develop career experience and critical thinking skills. Learning for Life is a school-based program for male and female students in grades prekindergarten – 12th grade designed to meet the growing demand for character education programs in schools. Traditional Scouting Programs during 2012: 19,499 registered adult volunteers leading 1,761 Cub Scouts Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews; 37,493 campers at the Council’s five camps for a total of 88,454 days camped; 21,895 Cub Scout ranks earned; 8,483 Boy Scout ranks earned; 1,175 Boy Scouts attained rank of Eagle Scout; 800,000 estimated community service hours provided.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Thomas O. Varnell, C. E. O./Scout Executive

Chair of the Board: Rodney W. Eads, Chairman of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Eads Holdings, L. L. C., President

Board Size: 135

Paid Staff Size: 452

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, annual giving campaign
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,711,811, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Revenue 8,170,269
Direct Support 5,503,891
Indirect Support 1,207,920
Net assets released from restrictions 1,078,812
Total Income $15,960,892


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 6%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $15,960,892
Program expenses $12,212,179
Fund raising expenses 765,701
Administrative expenses 902,884
Other Expenses 72,063
Total expenses $13,952,827
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,008,065
Beginning net assets 69,107,113
Ending net assets 75,315,627
Total liabilities 2,936,869
Total assets $78,252,496

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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