Register By October 25

Join us for the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Lost Pines Scout Reservation on October 28! Register by October 25 for your "no charge" participation fee. Learn more and register by visiting
Lost Pines
Don't Wait To Sign Up For Winter Camp

Winter Camp is filling up quickly! Session one is almost full and session two is catching up quickly. Come on out for a fabulous camp experience. Contact Keri Smeaton at 512-617-8610 to reserve your spot today! CLICK HERE for more information.
Sea Scouting
Bridge of Honor October 25

Our council's annual Sea Scouts Bridge of Honor ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00pm at the Fickett Center. Anyone interested in Sea Scouting or congratulating Sea Scouts on their advancement accomplishments is welcome to come out and watch.
Winter NYLT Nearly Full

Only a few spots remain for the upcoming National Youth Leadership Training, our most popular youth leadership course! Don't wait; register today! December 27-January 1 at Camp Green Dickson. CLICK HERE to learn more and find registration links.
Sea Scouting

Seabadge will take place November 3-5 at Camp Wisdom near Dallas. It is an adult leader training experience aimed at both current and prospective Sea Scout leaders. The goal is to help them learn how to run a successful Sea Scout ship. Part of the course is about how to help older youth accomplish planning, goal setting, communication and risk management. Part is about topics unique to Sea Scout ships such as how to decide whether or not a boat donation will work for your ship, youth protection on boats, how to plan a long cruise, and more. The most important part is the fellowship - spending a long weekend with lots of creative people with great ideas about Sea Scouts. You don't have to be a Sea Scout leader to attend. CLICK HERE for more information and registration.
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:

ICYMI: BSA Expands Opportunities For Girls

The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board voted unanimously to open Cub Scout membership to girls starting in fall 2018, and institute a program serving middle school and high school-aged girls with the Boy Scout program in 2019. Visit this page for more background information and FAQs.
Camp Improvements

Our council's Properties Committee continues to work on improving our camp properties to better serve your unit. Here are some recent improvements that have happened/are happening at our Smilin V Scout Ranch near Liberty Hill:
  • New fencing in place
  • New walk-in cooler installed in kitchen
  • New signage going up along FM 1869 to help direct campers/visitors to Smilin V
  • New metal canopy to be placed by Ranger residence for equipment storage
Brooks To Lead International Scouting Cmte

Lynn Brooks has been selected to lead our council's International Scouting Committee. CLICK HERE to learn more about the committee's plans.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

More than 250 Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents from our council joined forces in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston several weekends in September and October. CLICK HERE for the story.

Reporting Your Service Hours?

Service is one of the methods of the Scouting program. The number of hours recorded performing service is an easily-quantifiable metric that helps us measure our impact on the community and tell the story of Scouting's values. Is your unit reporting its service hours? Do you know how? CLICK HERE for more information.
It's Easy To Find Service Opportunities!

November is "Good Turn" month in Scouting, and Scouts of all ages are encouraged to focus on service during the month of November. Did you know that your pack can find hundreds of opportunities to serve through our partner, JustServe? Visit their site, enter your zip code, and then click on "+more search options" and check off "Suitable for all ages". Take pictures of your Scouts in action and share their "Good Turn" activities on our council Facebook page!
Service Opportunity

TreeFolks is looking for volunteers to help with tree plantings on the Blanco River near Wimberley and San Marcos on the following dates:
  • Saturday, November 18, 10am-1pm
  • Sunday, December 10, 10am-1pm
CLICK HERE to sign up (scroll down to "Reforestation on the Blanco River"). If you have questions, please contact
Nominate An Outstanding Volunteer

Honor a fellow volunteer leader by nominating them for one of these special awards: ¡Scouting...Vale la Pena!, Silver Beaver, William H. Spurgeon III, and Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Awards. Nominations are due December 1. Make plans to attend the special reception honoring this award recipients, taking place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center. Find nomination forms and more information about the reception at
Blanco River Canoe Race

Troop 497 invites all units to take part in its Blanco River Canoe Race on April 28, 2018. The winning team receives a new canoe! Camping is offered on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28. Teams must provide 3 people per canoe. CLICK HERE to contact Troop 497 for more information.
trails end
Popcorn News And Notes

How close is your Scout to reaching his goal?

Show-n-Sell and Take Order sales end on October 22, but the online sale can be used for prize eligibility until October 31. Need a bit more popcorn to reach that goal? Contact your district Popcorn Kernel to see if there is product available in your area to transfer. Click to view council prizes, Keller prizes, district Kernel contacts. Good luck!

Take Order Delivery

Take Orders are due to your unit Kernel by October 22 so that they can place your order by the October 27 deadline. Product will be available for unit pickup on November 10 and unit leaders can visit our council's popcorn page starting October 26 to reserve their time slot.  

Weekly Drawings

20 Scouts have won $50 gift cards over the past four weeks. Ten more Scouts will still win! To be eligible, Scouts just need to sell $100 in any phase of the sale during week five or week six. The drawing entry forms open on Mondays and close on Thursdays; winners announced on Fridays.  Go to to view past winners and enter your Scout for the next drawing.
Shop Notes

Hey Scouts! Are you interested in learning about Animation, Backpacking or Chemistry? What about Digital Technology, Exploration or Fire Safety? Want to know more about Golf, Hiking or Insect Study? Your Scout Shop stocks merit badge pamphlets covering a variety of subjects A-Z. Come by and choose a few topics - keep learning! 

Remember we offer sewing services for all your uniform needs.

We're open 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.
Texas Stars
Scout Discount Offers 

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  
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
  Capitol Area Council, BSA | 512-617-8611 |  |