Brown Santa Asks For Scouting's Help

Travis County Sheriff's Office's Brown Santa program needs older Scouts (14 and up), Scouters, and parents to help sort toys, load trucks, and wrap donations for its upcoming holiday deliveries. Brown Santa is specifically requesting the assistance of BSA! This program provides assistance to underprivileged children and their families in Travis County and senior residents of local retirement centers. Hundreds of volunteer spots are available, many in the evening and over the holiday break(s) when school is out. CLICK HERE to visit our service partner's website and sign up for a volunteer shift.
Register For Report To State

Have you registered your Scout unit yet to join thousands of Scouts marching up Congress Avenue to the Capitol on February 3 for the annual Report to State (RTS) event? The "Scouting Across Texas" event includes the parade and a Scout spirit rally and Eagle recommitment ceremony on the south steps of the Capitol. Afterwards, check out Austin's cool sites. New this year: every youth and adult in a Scout uniform gets into the Bob Bullock State History Museum that day for free! Event registration is free. Official RTS patches are $8 per person. CLICK HERE for details and to register. 
Eagle Recommitment Ceremony

Eagle Scouts across Texas, from youth to seasoned Scout alumni, are invited to the third annual Eagle Recommitment Ceremony on the south steps of the Texas Capitol during the Report to State event on February 3.
Eagles are asked to gather on the steps by 9:30am for the ceremony at 9:45am. Uniforms are not required, but Eagles are encouraged to wear their Eagle pins. A Texas Eagle Scout Alumni Gathering will follow at 10:20am in the Agriculture Museum room on the first floor, west wing of the Capitol. To register for the free event and to purchase the 2018 Report to State patch, click here: For more information, contact Rob Bartlett at

Water Permit Approved For Smilin V

We have successfully secured the proper permitting from TCEQ at Smilin V Scout Ranch, insuring that the water supplied by the on-site well is safe to drink. So, the next time your unit camps at Smilin V, you'll be able to tap into the well for drinking water.
Registration Open For 2019 World Jamboree

You can now sign up to take part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree, happening July 22-August 2, 2019, at the Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia. CLICK HERE for FAQs page with links to more information and to register.

Want to learn more about International Scouting? Attend the University of Scouting class put on by our council's International Scouting committee. CLICK HERE to learn more. 
2018 University Of Scouting

Registration is now open for the best supplemental Scouting training at all levels, the University of Scouting. It takes place on Saturday, January 27, at the ACC Eastview campus, and is led by the most creative and experienced Scouters from all over our council. 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:

Spring NYLT Registration Open

Registration is now open for the spring NYLT course. This is an excellent opportunity for your Scouts 13-years-old or older to learn, develop and practice their leadership skills. CLICK HERE for more information.
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Lodge Banquet Next Month

Join us for the Order of the Arrow Tonkawa 99 Lodge annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, January 13, 2018. It's happening from 5:30pm-9:00pm at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center. The Lodge will recognize new Vigil Honor and Brotherhood members, as well as recipients of the Ceremonialist's Award, Arrowmen of the Year, Chapter of the Year, and Founder's Award. Visit to register. 
'18-'19 National/Regional/Area Boatswain

Sea Scouts interested in applying for the national boatswain, the regional boatswains, and the area/flotilla boatswains positions for the 2018-2019 year may do so by completing one application, available HERE. The deadline for submission of the application for national boatswain is February 15, 2018; regional boatswain is March 1, 2018; and area/flotilla boatswain is March 15, 2018. The complete package for the application can be emailed, or mailed to the Office of the National Director in Irving, Texas. The address is on the application.
2019 Philmont Council Contingent

Be a part of the 2019 Philmont council contingent. The two week expedition will depart Austin June 23, 2019, and return July 6, 2019. The price will be $1,368 per participant and $16,416 per crew. We will accept "Provisional crews"; groups of less than 12 participants that will work with other partial units to fill an entire crew. The deadline for registration March 15, 2018. CLICK HERE for more information.
Help Honor Top Volunteers In March

Join us on Saturday, March 24, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center to honor volunteers receiving our council level awards: ¡Scouting...Vale la Pena!, Silver Beaver, William H. Spurgeon III, and Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Awards, Sea Scout Leadership Award, Venturing Leadership Award. There is no charge to attend this terrific celebration of service to youth through Scouting. More information coming soon!

In Memoriam

The following individuals or organizations have made generous memorial/honorary contributions in support of local Scouting:

In memory of Richard Newell
Nanda Bryan

In honor of Bill and Christie Nalle
Bob and Mary Fellows

In honor of David and Becky Roche
Bob and Mary Fellows

In honor of Nancy and John Horton
Renee and Eddie Butler
Shop Notes

Looking for last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers? We have a great selection!

Please note the upcoming changes in our store hours:
  • December 22-25 - Scout Shop will be closed for Christmas
  • December 27-January 1 - Scout Shop will be closed for inventory and New Year's
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.
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Scout Discount Offers 

Texas A&M basketball vs. LSU
Harlem Globetrotters
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • 7pm
  • Frank Erwin Center
  • Discounted tickets for Scouts and Scouting families
  • Discount on pre-game "Magic Pass" program
  • CLICK HERE for a flyer
  • To purchase tickets, call 512-232-4343 or email (deadline 3pm January 25)
University of Texas basketball vs. Mississippi
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • 1:00pm
  • Frank Erwin Center
  • $12 tickets for Scouts and Scouting families (or $25 for tickets to both Mississippi and West Virginia games)
  • To purchase tickets, visit and use the promo code SCOUTS or call 512-471-3333 and mention the code SCOUTS
Texas Stars vs. Chicago
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Doors open at 6pm, Puck drops at 7pm
  • HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • Customized Stars Scout Patch, Recognition of Top Popcorn Selling Pack, Recognition of Eagle Scout Class of 2017, Post-game photo on the ice
  • Special group pricing at $17
  • CLICK HERE for a flyer
  • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets (use promo code BoyScouts) or call 512-600-5019 or email Steve at

University of Texas basketball vs. West Virginia 

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • 11:00am
  • Frank Erwin Center
  • $20 tickets for Scouts and Scouting families (or $25 for tickets to both Mississippi and West Virginia games)
  • To purchase tickets, visit and use the promo code SCOUTS or call 512-471-3333 and mention the code SCOUTS
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