Vale la Pena Award
Volunteer Honors

Congratulations to these volunteers, recipients of our council's outreach awards for 2016! They will be honored on April 28 at the Fickett Center:

Scouting: Vale la Pena Award (service to Hispanic youth through Scouting)

Fernando Almanza, Judith Carroll, Igor Espejo, Faith Schexnayder, Jorge Uriarte

Whitney M. Young Service Award (service to rural or low income urban youth through Scouting)

Robert Barker, Derrick Fortin, Raymond Gray, Toni Malone, Art Mata, Sterlin McGruder, Dennis Nesser, Denisha Robinson, Amanda White

William H. Spurgeon Award (service to youth through Exploring)

Larkin Smith

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training

Training Page Updated Through 2017

Our council's Training Committee has updated the Training Events web page with all currently scheduled training events through 2017.

CLICK HERE to see the Training page 

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2nd Annual Youth Protection Symposium

Parents, leaders, Unit Youth Protection Champions: attend our second annual Youth Protection Symposium, April 9, 10am-Noon at the Fickett Center. Brought to you in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, this FREE program will deliver information on keeping kids safe on social media, combating underage drinking and more. Special guests include Judge and Texas Department of Family Protective Services Commissioner, John J. Specia, Jr., and KVUE News Anchor Terri Gruca.

April 9 - CLICK HERE to RSVP your spot at this FREE event

CLICK HERE to see a flyer

CLICK HERE to see photos from last year's event

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Youth Protection Training (for camp)

Adults attending or working camps of 4 or more days must be current in the classroom-based Youth Protection Training course. This is different from the online version, and is state law - not a BSA rule. The next course is March 23. 

March 23 - REGISTER

April 21 - REGISTER

Learn about the camp Youth Protection training policy

Space Available at Summer NYLT

Send your future Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, Crew Presidents, and Varsity Captains to NYLT - and make your program better and your job easier. NYLT teaches youth what a leader must be, what he/she must know, and what he/she must do - with a clear focus on how to accomplish all this.


CLICK HERE to learn more about NYLT and its prerequisites

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Wood Badge Training

THE ultimate adult leader training program in Scouting; you'll never learn more about how the program is supposed to work. Fall course is October 7-9 and 28-30.

Event information page

October 7-9 and 28-30 - REGISTER

Climbing Training 

Want to add climbing and C.O.P.E. to your unit's mix of outdoor activities? Our council climbing committee has training courses coming up in April and May that will allow you to conduct these programs safely and by BSA rules. 

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Space Open in Summer Camp Weeks 4-6

Weeks 1-3 of Boy Scout Summer Camp are full! Contact us today to lock down space for your troop in Weeks 4-6.  

CLICK HERE to see the camp flyer

CLICK HERE to learn more and reserve your campsite

2017 Council Contingent Deadline Extension

Units now have until March 29 to reserve space in our council's 2017 contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The contingent concept organizes travel and registration to make your Philmont trek as low-maintenance as possible.

CLICK HERE to learn more and get the contingent application

"Out of This World" STEAM Camp

Our best-in-class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) day camp returns for 4 sessions at Anderson High School's Applied Technology Center, with programs for youth up to 9th grade. This year's theme is life on Mars!

June 13-17 | June 20-24 | June 27-July 1 | July 11-15

CLICK HERE to learn more and register

Hornaday Recycling
Spring Hornaday Weekend

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.

April 15-17 - CLICK HERE for registration instructions 

Earn a Merit Badge, Meet Real "Local Heroes" 

Your Scouts can earn 1 of 8 merit badges, take part in fun STEM activities, and meet police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders who keep us safe. Local Heroes Family Fun Day on May 14 at the Austin Fire/Police/EMS Training Academy.

May 14 - CLICK HERE to learn more

Photos from Eagle Class Reception

Photos from the Class of 2015 Eagle Scout reception are now available online for download.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the AM session

CLICK HERE to see photos from the PM session

NESA Outstanding Eagle Award Nominees

Speaking of Eagles, we need your help to identify adult Eagles in your community who are worthy of recognition as a National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle.

CLICK HERE for more information  

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Summer Police Explorer Academy

Boy Scouts can earn up to 5 merit badges and learn about a career in law enforcement at the Travis County Constables Office Pct. 2 Explorers Police Academy this June. Registration ends May 6; program begins June 1.

CLICK HERE for a flyer

2016-2017 Program Planning

Have you started planning your 2016-17 program year? Don't forget your budget and fundraising plan. Now is also a great time to find that eager parent to help you with your 2016 Popcorn Sale. Get them and yourself on our email distribution list and don't miss a beat. The 2016 Unit Kernel Resource Guide and Popcorn Program Calendar will be published at the end of this month. To be added to the Popcorn Communication list, email

2017 National Jamboree

The National Scout Jamboree offers such extreme activities as zip lines, mountain biking, climbing, skateboarding, and mountain boarding... all at the Summit National High Adventure Base in West Virginia. Our council will coordinate all the travel details for our Boy Scouts and Venturers who sign up, including a tour of Washington, D.C.!  

July 19-28, 2017 - CLICK HERE to learn more

In Memoriam

The following individuals have made generous contributions to Scouting in memory or in honor of the following individuals:

In memory of Robbie Robertson:

Steven and Mary Knebel

Elizabeth Fleet

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Christenson

In memory of Fred Boone:

Ann Love

In memory of Betty Fulbright:

Ann Love

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Discount Offer in May

The Round Rock Express are offering a "Scout Day" discount for its May 1 game versus Nashville at Dell Diamond.

CLICK HERE for more information and ticket order form  

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