2018 Council Award Recipients

Our volunteer awards committee has selected the following outstanding volunteers and organizations for our 2018 council level awards:

2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
Matt Bales                     
Mike Birdlebough         
Kevin Clark                    
Dirk Heinen                    
Richard Lai                    
James Lynch
Tim Pellowski
Marietta Scott
Brad Smith
Michael Torres

2018 Vale La Pena Award Recipients
Juan Alba             
Matt Bales             
Paul Hilt                 
Enangelina Mactezuma
Marilyn Ross
Gabriel Trevino
Sylvia Velasquez

2018 Whitney M. Young Award Recipients
Jim Graves
L.E.A.D. Afterschool Program
Ron Luke
Rebecca Russel-Beam
Paul Slutes

2018 William H. Spurgeon Award Recipients
Delta Jolly
Richard Rhodes
Rob Yarger

2018 Elbert K. Fretwell Award Recipients
Breakthrough Austin
Dr. Kishore Mohanty
Sharath Rafula
Wayne Seifert
Anderson High School

2018 Sea Scout Leadership Award Recipients
Heidi Schuttger
Jack Walker
Linda Callaway

2018 Venturing Leadership Award Recipients
Erica Steen
Katy Heldstab
Margeret Hunicke-Smith
Steve Yeatman

Join us on Saturday, March 24, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center to honor this outstanding group! There is no charge to attend. CLICK HERE to register.
Class Of 2017 Eagle Reception

The Capitol Area Council reception for 2017 Eagle Scouts will be on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Eagle Scouts, families, friends, and troop/team/crew/ship members are invited to attend. Each 2017 Eagle Scout will receive a letter in the mail by early February with detailed instructions. CLICK HERE for more information. This website information will be updated in late January.  
Celebrate Scout Spirit At 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. This year's report in House chambers will be received by Secretary of State Rolando Pablos. 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 Gathering At Capitol In February
Eagle Scout Alumni from across Texas are invited to an Eagle Scout Recommitment Ceremony and Gathering of Eagles on Saturday, February 3, at the Capitol. This Gathering of Eagle Scout Alumni coincides with the annual Report to State.
  • The Eagle Scout Recommitment Ceremony will be on the south steps of the Texas Capitol at 9:40am, followed by the Gathering of Eagles in the Capitol Building Agricultural Museum, Room 1W.14, on the first floor, west wing, below the House Chambers at 10:20am.
  • Eagle Scout Alumni of all ages are invited to attend the Recommitment Ceremony and Eagle Gathering. This annual event is the only opportunity for all Eagle Scout Alumni in Texas to join for networking, reconnect with Scouting and recommit to the lifelong values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scout uniform is NOT required attire. Eagle alumni are encouraged to wear their Eagle award.
The Eagle Recommitment Ceremony and Gathering of Eagles is free; however, registration is requested ( CLICK HERE). To help defray event costs, a unique Scout Patch is available for purchase at event registration. 
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. The event offers more than 100 classes on different Scouting topics, led by the most creative and experienced Scouters from all over our council. Also this year, Scout Executive Jon Yates will lead two "fireside chat" discussions on current events in Scouting, including the new BSA policies regarding girl membership. CLICK HERE to register.

Climb on Safely
Interested In Climbing Or C.O.P.E.?

Our council's Climbing and C.O.P.E. committee will host an open house for adult leaders at DOK's Tower at Lost Pines on Friday, January 19, from 5pm to 9pm. Bring a friend and join us for any or all of the evening. Committee members will discuss the climbing and C.O.P.E. training programs and how these can enable your unit to use the tower, C.O.P.E. course, or the natural areas gear at places like Enchanted Rock and Reimer's Ranch. Climb and rappel routes will be set up as well, and Instructors and Directors will be on hand to show you the setups and answer questions. Come on out, it's hands on and a lot of fun! Contact Jim Miller at jim@bsaclimbing.org with questions.
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:

January 21 - Archery Instructor Certification Course
February 7, 9-11 - Climbing Level I/II Basic and Artificial Surface Qualification
Spring Hornaday Registration Opens In February

Interested in the natural world and conservation? Join your fellow Scouts at the Spring Hornaday Award Weekend, April 20-22 at Lost Pines, to start your journey to earning Scouting's highest conservation award. Classes are all taught by professionals in each field. Project advisors will be on hand to help you start planning your Hornaday Project. We are also partnering with our council's STEM/NOVA committee to offer more class options during the weekend. Event is for Boy Scouts but any youth may join us for the our "Take Care of Texas" Conservation Project on Sunday morning 9am at Lost Pines (please contact Jessica Snider if you are interested in attending just the conservation project). Registration opens February 1.
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.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video must be worth a million! Curious about how 50,000 participants will charge their phones? Or how hungry Scouts and leaders will get fed? Or maybe you're wondering about what a campsite will look like with 21,000 tents and filled representatives from 169 countries. The World Scout Jamboree Committee has produced three amazing videos to give you a sneak preview what to expect. Take a moment to check out:
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 Philmont Provisional Crew Openings

We have openings on a potential 2018 Provisional Crew to Philmont Scout Ranch. Our council's High Adventure Committee is looking for youth and adults from units that do not have enough participants for a full 12 person Crew. They will train and coordinate with crewmembers from other units to form a full 12 person crew. The price for the contingent is $1330 per person, which includes travel, Philmont fee, food, travel bags, and patches. The travel dates are June 24, 2018, to July 7, 2018. For more information, please contact the Philmont Council Contingent Advisor Mark McDermott at mcdermott@austin.rr.com.
In Memoriam

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

In memory of Andy Marks
Kurt Lemke

In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scofield
Martha McAdams Vertrees

In honor of Mr. Ewing Evans
Martha McAdams Vertrees

In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Mueller
Martha McAdams Vertrees 

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.
Shop Notes

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 cacshop@scouting.org or by phone at 512-617-8630.
Texas Stars
Scout Discount Offers 

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 groupsales@erwin.utexas.edu (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 texassports.com/promos 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 sbracale@texasstars.com

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 texassports.com/promos and use the promo code SCOUTS or call 512-471-3333 and mention the code SCOUTS
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