Climb on Safely
Climbing Training Info This Week

Our council's Climbing and C.O.P.E. committee is cranking up the training for Fall and Spring! Join them this Wednesday, August 16, at 7pm at the Frank Fickett Service Center to hear all about the climbing and C.O.P.E. programs and how you can enable your unit to get out on the rocks or up on the C.O.P.E. course. We have all of the gear; if you want to use it, come get trained! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Lost Pines
Sign Up For Winter, Summer Camp At Lost Pines

Winter Camp registration is now open - and Summer Camp 2018 registration opens later this week on August 15! Register now to get the best dates and campsites... because on September 1 we will invite units from Sam Houston Area Council to begin registering since they will not have a council summer camp in 2018. CLICK HERE to find more information on both winter and summer camp. Contact Keri Smeaton at 512-617-8610 to reserve your spot today!
It's Here! But You Don't Get To Use It. Unless...

Your unit can now offer online membership registration for fall recruiting! But... in order for your unit to use this feature, your Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, or Skipper must turn it on through Your District Membership Chair or Executive can help.
STEM Adventure In September

STEM Adventure Weekend at Lost Pines offers Scouts the chance to earn merit badges from groups of Welding, Electronics, Drafting, Engineering, Astronomy, Robotics, Weather, Environmental Science, and Chess... plus the NOVA Shoot/Launch Award. Saturday night there will be a guest speaker and a Mini Maker Faire! September 22-24 at Lost Pines Scout Reservation. CLICK HERE to register.
Venturing Is Happening (Next Month)

Make plans to attend Venturing is Happening, September 16 at Lost Pines! It's a weekend that's fun for those who are already in Venturing and Sea Scouting... but also a great opportunity to introduce potential new members to our exciting outdoor program. Bring a friend and take part in pistol shooting, tomahawk throwing, stand up paddleboarding, climbing, archery, rifle and shotgun shooting, and more!.

CLICK HERE to register
CLICK HERE to learn more
Fall Hornaday Registration Open

One of the best outdoor programs we do each year! Your Scouts can earn conservation-themed merit badges and work towards the prestigious William T. Hornaday Award. October 20-22 at Lost Pines Scout Reservation. CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.
2018 Philmont Crew Opening

There is an opening for a Provisional or regular Boy Scout/Venturing Crew on our council's 2018 Philmont Contingent. A Provisional Crew consists of small groups of scouts and adults, making up a crew of 12 participants. We will also accept Scouts needing financial assistance to take part. The Philmont Council Contingent departs Austin on June 24, 2018, and returns July 7, 2018. The cost for the Contingent trek is currently estimated to be $1330 per person.

CLICK HERE for more information

Questions? Contact Mark McDermott at or Frank Davol at
Learn The "Cool" Outdoor Stuff

Want to introduce high adventure activities to your unit, but don't have the skills? Texas Powder Horn participants learn-by-doing with 30+ fun and engaging outdoor activities taught by local experts over two 3-day weekends (September 8-10 and 22-24). Powder Horn provides participants with valuable knowledge and local resources to assist them in bringing challenging and fun outdoor program elements to their units. Powder Horn is for Venturing, Boy Scout, and older youth leaders.

"Like drinking from a fire hose of information!" "Summer camp for adults!"

CLICK HERE to register
Additional Upcoming Training

Here are courses 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:

August 27 - Archery Instructor Certification Level One
September 8-10, 22-24 - Powder Horn
September 15-16 - Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training
September 23 - Youth Protection Training (Classroom)
September 23 - Scoutmaster Specific Training
September 23 - Troop Committee Challenge Training
September 23 - Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
September 23 - Crew Committee Challenge Training
September 23 - Team Committee Challenge Training
September 23 - Leave No Trace Awareness
September 23 - Path To Eagle Scout
September 23-24 - IOLS Training
September 30-October 1 - Wilderness First Aid Training
October 13-15 and November 3-5 - Wood Badge
December 27-January 1 - National Youth Leadership Training
Recharter: Don't Do Yourself Like That

Remember the pain of recharters past? You can avoid some of that by making sure your unit records are in order BEFORE you start. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Have questions? Ask your Unit Commissioner. Don't know who your Unit Commissioner? Contact your area's District Commissioner for further information. Each District Commissioner is listed on our district contacts page.
Nominate An Outstanding Volunteer

Nominate a Scouting volunteer who you believe has gone above and beyond to support Scouting across our council for the Silver Beaver Award! This is the highest honor presented to a Scouting volunteer at the local council level. The awards will be presented to the new class of these elite volunteers on March 24, 2018, at the Fickett Center.

CLICK HERE to get the nomination form
Shop Notes

Remember the North American solar eclipse is happening on August 21 and your Scout Shop will have a limited supply of Solar Eclipse 2017 patches available for purchase. CLICK HERE for more information.

We have everything your Boy Scout needs for his next year in Scouting: uniform shirt and pants, belt, socks, cap, t-shirt, handbook, backpack, water bottle, pencils, notebooks, knife, compass, paracord, leather and wood craft kits, and so much more! We now offer khaki uniform shirt size Youth XL in a choice of poplin or micropoly. Remember that we offer sewing services, too! Come by the Scout Shop and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Summer hours have ended, so we're back to regular business hours of 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.
Schlitterbahn Tickets Now Available At Shop

Trying to squeeze in a unit trip to Schlitterbahn before summer's over? Buy your tickets at the Scout Shop and save a few bucks. You can pay for them using your Scout Shop unit account. Here are the discounted prices we're able to offer:
  • Scout Days at Schlitterbahn (June 4-30; Saturdays excluded) - $35.99 Adult and Child
  • 1 Day Adult General Admission - $47.59 (reg $50.99) - valid all season, no blackout dates
  • 1 Day Child/Senior Admission - $37.39 (reg $38.99) - valid all season, no blackout dates
If you have questions please feel free to contact us via email at or by phone at 512-617-8630.
Scout Discount Offers 

University of Texas football vs. San Jose State
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017    
  • Kickoff 2:30pm
  • DKR Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Discounted tickets start at $35
  • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online (use promo code SCOUTS) or call 512-471-3333
Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic
  • Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • Frank Erwin Center
  • Discounted tickets start at $25
  • Patch for each Scout with ticket purchase
  • If your group is larger than 30, a bull rider will take part in an anti-bullying presentation with your unit
  • To order, email or call 512-232-4343
University of Texas football vs. Kansas State
  • Saturday, October 7 2017  
  • Kickoff TBA
  • DKR Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Discounted tickets start at $35
  • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online (use promo code SCOUTS) or call 512-471-3333
AT&T Stadium Scout Sleepover
  • Friday, November 3 2017
  • AT&T Stadium, Irving
  • October 20 deadline to sign up
  • CLICK HERE for an order form
Texas A&M football vs. New Mexico
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017   
  • Kickoff TBA
  • Kyle Field
  • Discounted tickets start at $35
  • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online (use promo code scouts) or call 979-260-7958
  • CLICK HERE for a ticket purchase flyer
  • Questions? Email  
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