Raven District was first founded shortly after World War II. Most of the houses in the area were built for soldiers and their families as they were returning from war. With new families came growing children and the desire for a Scouting program quickly grew. The district has grown and now serves six school districts: Barbers Hill, Galena Park, Sheldon, Crosby, Channelview, and Goose Creek CISD school districts.
In 1809, at the age of 16, Sam Houston ran away from his home in Tennessee and lived among the Cherokees. He was adopted by Chief Oolooteka and given the name Colonneh or the “Raven.” He developed a deep, life-long affection for the tribe and considered the Cherokee his surrogate family. He married a Cherokee woman, Tlahina, became a Cherokee citizen and was actively involved in peacekeeping, trade and other tribal affairs. He spent much of his career promoting peaceful and moderate policies toward Native Americans.
Pack and Troop 1301 has been active for 70+ years; in the earliest days, J.P. White was their leader for 40 years. For over 48 years he gave generously to Scouting and the community with his time, talent, and money. The City of Houston named J.P. White park after him. On November 3, 1984, the council dedicated a special event area at the old Camp Strake site known as the J.P. White camporee site. The district celebrates Mr. White by honoring a Scouter every year at the District Dinner with a special award appropriately named after him, the J.P. White Lifetime Achievement Award.