Some Space Still Open For Hornaday

Hornaday Award Weekend registration closes TODAY, April 15! We have around 20 or so seats available, 12 of these in Environmental Science. If you are interested in registering for Hornaday Weekend (April 19-22, LPSR), please see for more information.

Shoot N' Splash N' Geocache

Have fun, stay cool, and test your skill at the Venturing Shoot N' Splash N' Geocache event on Saturday, April 28 from 9am to 4pm at Lost Pines Scout Reservation. Activities include stand up paddle boarding, pistol and rifle shooting, archery, canoeing, bike-athalon, a geocaching challenge, volleyball tournament, and more! The cost is $10 per Scout. You can learn more and get the link to register by visiting
Lost Pines
You Can Still Sign Up For Boy Scout Summer Camp

It's not too late to experience all that Lost Pines has to offer for summer camp!  NEW THIS YEAR: July 8-15 will have a special Aquatics focus with special classes for Sea Scout skills (open to all) and highlighted by a Sea Scout Regatta! For more information, visit Click the "Reserve Your Spot" button, fill out the form, and email it to Questions? Call 512-617-8650.  
Venturing Extreme Summer Camp

Whether you are taking your crew to the next level or just starting up a new crew, we have a camp that can give you the experience you need to go out and start your own High Adventure experiences. June 25-29 at Lost Pines. CLICK HERE to learn more and get the link to register.
TechLab Summer Day Camp

Our award-winning STEAM Day Camp challenges your Scout to explore STEM as they prepare to live in cave environments. Classes cover Robotics, Electronics, Programming, Woodworking/CNC and more! There are new classes this year at the 6th-9th grade level. Camp takes place at Austin ISD's Applied Technology Center at Anderson High School in five week-long sessions in June and July. More information and registration at

2019 Philmont Council Contingent Openings

Time is running out for your unit to apply for one of the remaining 12 person crews in our 2019 council contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch. The final application deadline is April 30, 2018. The dates for the 10 day expedition in 2019 are Sunday, June 23, to Saturday, July 26. The cost for the expedition is estimated at $1368 per participant. For more information, go to CLICK HERE to download the application package.
Sea Scouts Spring Splash

A gathering of Sea Scout ships for fun and fellowship on Sunday, April 29, at Lost Pines. There is no program (other than playing with boats), no plan (other than show up and have a good time), and no lunch (so be sure to bring your own)! It's a great time to play with small sailboats (bring your own or use ours) and to get to know your fellow Sea Scouts. Contact Council Commodore Jim Graves at with any questions. 

Wood Badge 70th Anniversary Reunion

Have you taken Wood Badge? Mark your calendars for our Wood Badge Reunion on Sunday, May 20, from 1pm-6pm at Lost Pines. Come relive the fun with Gilwell assemblies, rockets, campfire and more. Click HERE to register! 
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Tonkawa Lodge "Smoke Signals"
  • Spring Assembly is set for May 4-6 at Lost Pines for newly elected candidates to complete their Ordeal and become official member of the Order.
  • National Order of the Arrow (NOAC) contingent will depart Austin on July 27 and return on August 5. "It Starts with Us" NOAC 2018 will be hosted by Indiana University. Time is running out for you to commit to attend this mountain top OA experience. Sign up today!
Visit for more information and to register for any of these events.
MEGA Training In May

Make your Scouting program the best it can be by getting trained at MEGA Training May 18-20 at Lost Pines! Whether you are looking to complete required outdoor training, Wilderness First Aid, or other - we have a class for you. Learn more and find links to register by visiting  
Aquatics Safety Training Next Month

Make sure your unit's next activity on or in the water is as safe as possible. Our council's Aquatics Committee is offering a Swimming and Water Rescue training course as part of next month's MEGA Training. CLICK HERE to learn more.   
Chaplain Patch
Chaplain Training, Religious Committee

Have you thought about serving as your unit's Chaplain to assist with your Scouts' spiritual growth? Are you interested in promoting interfaith activities across our council? CLICK HERE for information on how you take part. 
Registration Open For Summer NYLT

Registration is open for our summer National Youth Leadership Training courses! This week-long course gives Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts methods, skills and experiences to become better leaders in their unit. The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must be, what he/she must know, and what he/she must do - with a clear focus on how to accomplish all this. There is a special pre-course orientation session that will help your Scouts get the most out of this training experience. Visit for more information and a link to register. 
Make a HUGE Difference in Scouting

Want to make a HUGE difference in the success of Scouting? Become a Unit Commissioner. There is a Unit Commissioner Training next Saturday, April 21, from 8am-1pm at the Frank Fickett Center. This is a great training opportunity for new unit commissioners and anyone who is interested in joining their district commissioner staff. Trainers presenting this National level training course are all experienced unit and roundtable commissioners. The course is also a great refresher for former or veteran unit commissioners. If you miss this one, our next course will be on July 21. CLICK HERE to register. Contact Olan Kelley at for more information.
The Summit
Adult Adventure Weekend

The BSA's Adult Adventure Weekend offers all of the fun at the Summit Bechtel Reserve High Adventure Base, plus evening workshops on promoting high adventure to Scouts! It's happening June 20-24, 2018. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.   
International Scouting Update

There are lots of opportunities for young women to attend the upcoming World Jamboree! Lost Pines has its first international Staff member! Read about all that and more HERE from our council's International Scouting committee.
Find Service Opportunities Easily

Here are a few ideas for units and individual Scouts looking for service opportunities from organizations that welcome Scouts in our area:
  • Fischer Park in New Braunfels needs help with trail maintenance and their butterfly garden. Sign up HERE.
  • Keep Austin Beautiful graffiti abatement program could use the help of Scouts. This program goes through May 31. Sign up HERE.
  • Healing Horses in Manor invites Scouts who love working with horses to come volunteer as a side walkers and more. Sign up HERE.
  • Wesleyan Home for senior citizens in Georgetown welcomes Scout groups to come interact with residents. Sign up HERE.
Find dozens of other volunteer opportunities in the Austin area on
Congrats Council Award Recipients

Congratulations again to the 2018 Council Award Recipients! We had a huge crowd at our All Council Awards presentation ceremony. Thank you to the donors that helped make the event free to attend. Please click HERE to check out the amazing photos of the event. 

In Memoriam

The following individuals have made a generous gift to Scouting in remembrance of or in honor of others:

In memory of Shep Strong
Barbara MacMillan
Denise Schulz
Duboise Family, Warren Family, and Kernodle Family
Christie and Bill Nalle
Daniel Beckett
Bill Agnell
Jon C. Yates
Rod Coffin
Greg Hooser
Sue and Terry Tottenham
Andrew and Kathy Wetzel
Roy and Karen Hughes
The Deen Family
Linsae Snider
Ron and Barbara Garland

In memory of Dennis Kleppe
Jon C. Yates

In memory of Joe Hawkins
Jon C. Yates

In memory of Donald Wayne Pharr
Mr. and Mrs. Garon

In memory of Robert J. Tillerson
Jeff Hewgley

In memory of Dick Burdick
Ron and Barbara Garland

In honor of Stephen Lemmon
William and Sabrina Streusand

In honor of Rev. Beverly Jones
April Hampton Perez

In honor of Hal Miles
Jill Pharr
A Gift That Keeps Giving To Local Scouting

Over the past four years, earnings from our council's endowment has helped provide an average of $200,000 a year for capital improvements to our camps and other Scouting facilities. Making a James E. West Fellowship gift is a great way to help build the endowment and provide a lifetime's worth of support for local Scouting. CLICK HERE to learn more about the James E. West Fellowship, and how you can take part.
Plan Ahead For Fall Popcorn Sale

  • Great Scout units have great program. Ask your unit committee for a budget planning focus at an upcoming committee meeting. Great Scout units lay out the yearly plan, dream and get buy-in to build a budget that will support their youth. Click HERE for a tool make it easy.
  • Service above Sales. Consider working with your Unit and District Popcorn Chair to set goals around the participation level of youth or even the number of booths, doors knocked or blocks walked. Focus on service hours devoted to popcorn and you will be surprised of the results.
  • Struggling to find a Unit Popcorn Chair? Click HERE for a Popcorn Team Description. Ask your District Popcorn Chair or your Executive for help making the ask of one of your parents to be the Unit Popcorn Chair.
Shop Notes

Happy Spring! We have all your experienced (or novice) camping needs covered from tents, backpacks, dri-fit socks, Scout t-shirts, Dutch ovens, recipe books, meal kits, head lamps, hydration and much more.

Do you want to know all the requirements for every Merit Badge and every rank? You can find that information in the 2018 Requirements Handbook which is available for purchase at your Scout Shop. 

Do you need to THANK a leader or committee member, or maybe ACKNOWLEDGE an achievement? We have many choices for gift giving. 

Our regular hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm, and Saturday, 10am-2:30pm. If you have questions please feel free to contact us via email at or by phone at 512-617-8630.
Scout Discount Offers 

Round Rock Express vs. Iowa 
  • Sunday, May 6
  • Dell Diamond
  • First pitch at 1:05pm
  • Pre-game parade on the field at 12:15pm
  • Run the bases after the game
  • Half price tickets for Scouts and the families
  • CLICK HERE for a flyer
  • CLICK HERE to buy tickets online
Rock Rock Express vs. Reno (Scout Overnight) 
  • Friday, July 27
  • Dell Diamond
  • Details TBA
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