Upcoming Training

Here are courses in the next ~60 days that cover the basics of your volunteer leadership position or specific outdoor skills. The links below will either take you to an online course registration or send an email to the course director:

October 5-9 - Climbing Level II Qualification
October 8 - Paddle Craft Training
October 9 - Swimming and Water Rescue Training
October 14-15, 22 - Rifle Instructor Training
October 19-23 - C.O.P.E. Level II Training
October 22 - Scoutmaster Specific Training (Blackland Prairie District)
October 26-30 - Climbing Level II Natural Area Qualification
November 4-6 - Scoutmaster/Asst Scoutmaster/IOLS Training combined (Chisholm Trail District)
November 5 - Scoutmaster Specific Training (Sacred Springs District)
November 5 - Troop Committee Challenge (Sacred Springs District)
November 5 - Crew Committee Challenge (Sacred Springs District)
November 5 - Venturing Advisor Specific Training (Sacred Springs District)
November 5 - Den Chief Training (for youth - Sacred Springs District)
November 5 - Path to Eagle Scout Training (for youth - Thunderbird District)
November 12 - Scoutmaster Specific Training (during Colorado River Camporee)
Next Level Training

Once you have the basics, you're invited to take the "next level" training: Wood Badge. It's for new and experienced Scouters alike. Past participants rave, saying it "made me a better leader," it "helped me turn my troop around," and it's "one of the best training experiences I have had." Visit our page for more information or contact Course Director Jeanette Schmitz at
October 7-9 and 28-30 (you must attend both weekends) - CLICK HERE to register

Astronaut Training (kinda) At STEM Adventure!

STEM Adventure Weekend at Lost Pines offers Scouts the chance to earn merit badges from groups of Chemistry, Electronics, Welding, Model Design and Building or Engineering, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Radio.

You'll also meet Tim Hall, the man in charge of training NASA astronauts for space! Tim will present how NASA trains astronauts to do space walks, how they train for extreme disasters, and will even bringing a Spacewalk suit for youth to check out.

September 23-25 - CLICK HERE to register.
Hornaday Weekend In October

You asked for it, you got it: the Hornaday Award Weekend now has additional classes available in Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges. Please sign up now at to reserve your seat!

October 14-16 - CLICK HERE to register
Lost Pines
A "Cool" Camping Experience

Register for Boy Scout Winter Camp! Enjoy the best time of year at Lost Pines and choose from more than 30 merit badges - many Eagle required. Sessions December 19-23 and December 26-30.

CLICK HERE to registration information
CLICK HERE for the Leader Guide
Help Recognize Top Volunteers!

Help us recognize the folks who go "above and beyond" to deliver the promise of Scouting all across our council. You may nominate these individuals for several different awards using applications you'll find on this page. All nominations are due to our council office by December 1.

CLICK HERE to learn more
2017 Philmont Council Contingent Openings

There are currently openings for the 2017 Contingent for both intact crews and individual Scouts/Adults. Philmont has extended the application deadline until January 31, 2017.

CLICK HERE to see crew openings
CLICK HERE to get the application package
Additionally, there are openings on the Philmont Opportunity Crew for financially challenged Scouts. Generous scholarships are available.

CLICK HERE for information about the POC  
CLICK HERE for the POC application package
2017 National Jamboree

Your Scouts can still attend the National Jamboree with our council contingent! We coordinate all the travel details for our Boy Scouts and Venturers who sign up, including a tour of Washington, D.C.!  

July 19-28, 2017 - CLICK HERE to learn more
Popcorn Sale Notes

We have a secret and won't tell until October. PRIZES, PRIZES and wait... more PRIZES! $750 has been given away in gift cards and another $750 will be given away through the first week of October. We are not done yet! For the last three weeks of the sale there will be more special prizes - all Scouts are eligible. Check the popcorn web page each week in October for more details.

CLICK HERE to learn more
Plan A Service Project For November

Participate in our council's Good Turn in November and help your Scouts the habit of life-long service to others. Units are encouraged to honor our late Chief Scout Executive Ben Love, who championed 1990's campaigns against "five unacceptables in society": hunger, drug abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, youth unemployment. Contact Brad Smith at with any questions.

CLICK HERE to learn more
Order Of The Arrow Dues

Planning to pay your unit's Order of the Arrow dues at the same time as recharter? Please CLICK HERE to get important information from Tonkawa Lodge.
Wanted: Campmasters

Our Ranger team is looking for volunteer Campmasters who can help our Scout units enjoy their weekend camping at our council properties.

CLICK HERE to learn more
Eagle statue
Reception For Class of 2016 Eagle Scouts

All Capitol Area Eagle Scouts who earned their Eagle rank in 2016 are invited to attend a reception in their honor on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center. More information will be available in mid-January, and this information will be mailed to the Eagle Scouts at that time. This event is for the Eagle Scouts, their families, their friends and their unit leaders and Scouts.

For more information please contact
In Memoriam

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

In memory of William H. Welch
Leah Gregersen
Bradley Korell
Moret & Associates Advertising LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Butcher
Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Vaughan

In memory of Bobbie Cleveland
Ann Love

In memory of Harrison McClure
Donnie and Patty Rouse
Ann Benolken
Susan Battelstein and Roddy Roy
Michael Eckstein
Santa Fe University of Art & Design Community
Karen Dean and Charlie Hooper
Laura Longoria
Raymond Gray
Roberta Amos

In memory of George David "Dave" Holleway, Jr.
Texas Department of Public Safety
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