Would Would Motivate Your Unit?

Unit leaders, as you know every Scout deserves a "trained" leader. Units that have trained leaders offer higher quality programming, have increased advancement, better retention, and higher recruitment. Those are just some of the direct benefits of having trained leaders.

The Capitol Area Council wants to make you successful by getting all your direct contact unit leaders trained. In considering ideas that would encourage units to have 100% of their direct contact leaders take position specific training, the Council Training Committee would like to know which incentives below would inspire you to have all your volunteer leaders in your unit complete the position-specific training for their registered positions.

Visit this page to provide your opinion to our Council Training Committee.

STEM Adventure Next Weekend

Looking for Environmental Science or other hard to get STEM merit badges?  We still have openings for STEM Adventure Weekend September 22-24 at LPSR. $50/scout for three classes, four square meals, and special Saturday events: guest speaker, star party, miniature maker fair and STEM activities. CLICK HERE to register (registration closes Tuesday September 19)..
Lost Pines
Sign Up For Winter, Summer Camp At Lost Pines

Winter Camp registration is now open! CLICK HERE for more information.

Summer Camp 2018 registration opened August 15! We've started inviting our friends from Sam Houston Area Council to join us as they will not have a Council summer camp in 2018 so register NOW for the best dates and campsites! Contact Keri Smeaton at 512-617-8610 to reserve your spot today!
Lost Pines
Celebrate 50 Years Of Lost Pines Memories

Join us for the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Lost Pines Scout Reservation on October 28! Learn more and register by visiting http://www.bsacac.org/lpsr50th.php.
Fall Hornaday Classes Filling

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 now, as many classes are starting to fill up. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.
Microsoft Store
October-November-December Classes

Registration for the new schedule of merit badge classes at The Microsoft Store opens on Wednesday, September 27, at 7pm. You may find links to sign up at www.bsacac.org/microsoft.
Did You Know? Advancement Updates

New camping requirements for Boy Scout advancement went into effect on August 1. Read more HERE from the BSA National Advancement Committee.

Revised requirements for Eagle Palms also went into effect on August 1. Read more HERE from the BSA National Advancement Committee.

Additional Upcoming Training
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 www.bsacac.org/awardsreception.
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Don't Sell Popcorn, Sell Scouting

Our 2017 popcorn sale officially started Friday! In the past month, so many of us in the greater Austin area have shown the world how our communities support each other. Continue that spirit and let all our residents and visitors see how strong Scouting is in our council. Don't forget to wear your Scouting uniform and remind your customers that military donations will send popcorn to all the active duty military, reservists and National Guardsman that are helping those affected by recent hurricanes.

CLICK HERE to see what the popcorn sale has meant to one of our Scouts
ICYMI: BSA Membership Fee Increase

The Boy Scouts of America has announced it is increasing its membership fee to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017. BSA made this decision with volunteer and staff input after first cutting costs where possible. Visit this page for more background information and FAQs.
Training Records

Get ready for recharter by verifying your leader training records (all trainings).  Accurate online training records helps you replace lost training cards and helps the council training committee track progress toward goals and focus on the right training activities.  The best way to do this is to check with your unit or district training chair that their records match your expectations.  By doing this you can verify if your my.scouting account is properly connected with the official online record system.  

The unit or district training chairs (and commissioners) can update your training records as well.  If you are not sure whom to ask, check with your unit or district key3. If you're still not sure, send an email request to training.cac@scouting.org with as much of the following information as possible so we can get you connected or help you review your records.
  • First name and Last name
  • Unit type and number (i.e. Troop 1234, Pack 555, etc.)
  • District name (i.e. Blackland Prairie)
  • Position (i.e. Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, etc.)
In Memoriam

The following individuals have made a generous contribution to Scouting in remembrance of a friend or loved one.

In memory of Billy Page:
Judy and Larry McPhaill
Ann and Pepe Perron

In memory of Travis D. Johnson:
Garry and Nancy Goerdel
Baca Center Duplicate Bridge Group
Larry and Nancy Madsen

In memory of Victor Hansen:
A.L. Petrosky and Ruth Ann Wilson
Janet Zimmern

In memory of Harrison McClure:
Karen Tellepsen

In memory of Jim Moranville:
Ann Love, Mark Love, Gary and Leigh Wyatt
Shop Notes

Welcome back to Scouting! All your Boy Scout's uniform needs can be purchased here: shirt, switchback pants or shorts, socks, cap, neckerchief and slide, belt, merit badge sash, and handbooks. We have a great selection of Scout t-shirts for Scouts and Scouters too! 
Gearing up for the first Troop campout? Check with us first - we carry most of the items found on any camping checklist.

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 cacshop@scouting.org or by phone at 512-617-8630.
Make Your Next Meeting "Magical"

World-Class professional illusionist Billy Riggs is available to do shows for scout functions at a 96% discount! Billy is an Eagle Scout, former Cubmaster and Scoutmaster in Thunderbird District, the father of an Eagle Scout, and does this as a way of giving back to Scouting. He normally charges companies $7500 for the show he'll bring to your pack meeting, troop meeting, day camp or banquet for just a gift certificate to a local restaurant or movie theater of $200 to $300. See this flyer for more information or to access a video link, or go to www.billyriggs.com.
Scout Discount Offers 

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 groups@12thmanfoundation.com  
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