Message From Our New Council President 

Jim Morriss was elected at our Annual Business Meeting as the new President of our council's Executive Board. In doing so, he becomes the highest ranking volunteer leader. In his introductory message, he explains his Scouting background and why he wants to work with you to make your pack the best it can be:

CLICK HERE to read Jim's message
Fickett Center
Holiday Schedule For Fickett Center, Shop

The Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center and Matthews Scout Shop will have the following changes in hours during the upcoming holidays:

December 22: Fickett/Shop closing at 3pm
December 23-26: Fickett/Shop closed for Christmas
December 28-January 2: Shop closed for end of year inventory
December 31-January 2: Fickett closed for New Years
whitney young award
January 15 Deadline To Honor Top Volunteers

Know someone who does a terrific job in Scouting serving Hispanic youth and families, or Scouts from rural or low-income backgrounds? Help us honor these deserving Scouters by nominating them for the ¡Scouting Vale la Pena! or Whitney M. Young Service Awards. The deadline is January 15.

  CLICK HERE to learn more
Training Just For Pack Committee Members   

Pack Committee Chairs and Committee members: ever wonder why your Cubmaster is wearing the "Trained" patch but you aren't? The short answer is... because you have not completed the training requirements for your position!
If you come to University of Scouting on January 21, there's a new program especially for Pack Committee members that will result in you earning the Trained patch. You'll also have an opportunity to learn all sorts of things relevant to your particular "job" in Scouting. We have classes ranging from Unit Finance, recruiting new volunteers, and how to deal with "problem adults."

CLICK HERE for more details, including the course catalog, a flyer, and a link to register.
Upcoming Cub Scout Training Available   
Tree Planting In January

Help continue the rebirth of the native Loblolly Pine forest at Griffith League Scout Ranch by taking part in one of our January tree plantings! This is an ongoing series of plantings, repairing the damage done by the 2011 Bastrop County wildfires. CLICK on one of the dates below to register:

January 14 2017
January 28 2017
Report to State Flags
2017 Report To State

Attend the 2017 Report to State Parade on Saturday, February 4! Our theme is "Deep in the Heart of Texas". Plans include:
  • TWO Scout Spirit Rallies on the Capitol steps
  • A Scout Band leading the parade
  • Eagle Scout rededication ceremony
CLICK HERE to learn more and register your pack
Resource to Find Service Project Ideas 

Many Scouts during our council's November Good Turn found worthwhile service opportunities on a website devoted to helping volunteers find meaningful ways to serve. At any given time, more than 100 service project ideas can be found on (within Austin metro alone).

We encourage your pack to consider additional service projects during the year, and JustServe can help you find project ideas. If you have any questions about or would like to suggest a service opportunity for posting, please contact Colette McCullough at
Scout Shop Notes 

The Matthews Scout Shop staff wishes every person a joyous and safe holiday season! Remember that we have terrific kit ideas to keep your Cub Scout busy over the school break: how about a Monkey Bridge, a Catapult, or a leather wallet? We can fulfill your Cub's Scouting wish list. We also have appreciation gifts for Leaders - come see us soon!

Scout Shop business hours: M-F, 9am-5:30pm and Sat, 10am-2:30pm. Contact us at!
In Memoriam

The following individuals have made generous contributions to Scouting in memory or in honor of the following individuals:

In memory of Fred Gerbode
Jon C. Yates

In memory of Andrew Jefferson Hunt
Paula Blaka

In memory of Grant Wishard
The Koons Family

In honor of Ron Garland
Dianne Johnson
Discount Offer In December 

December 28, 2016 - Harlem Globetrotters
  • Frank Erwin Center
  • Performances at 2pm, 7pm
  • Pre-game shoot around, photo/autograph session available with "Magic Pass" purchase
  • Game ticket purchase includes Scouts patch
  • CLICK HERE for more info and ticket purchase instructions
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