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Scouting in Texas has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

BSA Scouting in Texas

BSA Councils service Texas (2019)

The several BSA councils operating a number of family-friendly scouting programs in Texas including Cub Scouts (ages 5-10), Scouts BSA (ages 11-18), Venturing (ages 14-21), Sea Scouts and Exploring.

  • See also Texas Eagles Nest - individuals who have made significant contributions to scouting in Texas.

BSA Scout Councils

There are eighteen Boy Scouts of America local councils in Texas. All of Texas lies within Southern Region, except for El Paso, Hudspeth and Parmer counties, as part of Western Region.

On January 1, 2003, Chisholm Trail Council and Comanche Trail Council combined to form the Texas Trails Council.

ID# Council Name Office Status OA Lodge Notes
001 583 Alamo Area Council San Antonio Active Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge
002 574 Bay Area Council Galveston Active Wihinipa Hinsa Lodge
003 567 Buffalo Trail Council Midland Active Tatanka Lodge
004 584 Caddo Area Council Texarkana Active Akela Wahinapay Lodge
005 564 Capitol Area Council Austin Active Tonkawa Lodge began in 1912 and has grown over time to support scouting programs in 15 central texas counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, DeWitt, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lavaca, Lee, Liano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson.
xxx xxx Chisholm Trail Council Closed Merged into Texas Trail 2003.
006 571 Circle Ten Council Dallas Active Mikanakawa Lodge Founded in 1913 in North centeral Texas and It encompasses all or parts of: Camp, Collin, Dallas, Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Morris, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Titus, and Van Zandt counties.
xxx xxx Comanche Trail Council Closed Merged into Texas Trail 2003.
xxx 413 Conquistador Council Roswell NM Active Kwahadi Lodge Includes Parmer County TX.
007 585 East Texas Area Council Tyler Active Tejas Lodge
008 562 Golden Spread Council Amarillo Active Nischa Achowalogen Lodge serves youth in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.
009 662 Longhorn Council Hurst Active Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge
xxx 580 NeTSeO Trails Council Closed Loquanne Allangwh Lodge Merged with Circle Ten Council on 3/1/2017.
010 775 Rio Grande Council Harlingen Active Wewanoma Lodge
011 576 Sam Houston Area Council Houston Active Colonneh Lodge Dating back to 1913, SHAC covers today the following counties of Texas: Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton.
012 694 South Plains Council Lubbock Active Nakona Lodge
013 577 South Texas Council Corpus Christi Active Karankawa Lodge
014 741 Texas Southwest Council
FKA Concho Valley Council
San Angelo Active Wahinkto Lodge
015 561 Texas Trails Council Abilene Active Penateka Lodge NEW: 01 Jan 2003 from merger of Chilsolm Trail and Comanche Trail councils.
016 578 Three Rivers Council Beaumont Active Hasinai Lodge
017 573 Yucca Council El Paso Active Gila Lodge

BSA Scout Camps

Additionally local BSA councils operate a number of quality outdoor camp facilities that host regular scouting and family camping events:

Camp Name Council Status Location Notes
Ahwahnee Scout Reservation

Other BSA Regional Events

GSUSA Scouting in Texas

Prior to 2007, there were 19 Girl Scout councils in Texas. However the councils have been merged and rearranged to leave a total of 7.

GSUSA Scout Camps

Other Scout associations in Texas

In 1997, the leaders of a Scout troop in Fort Worth, Texas contacted the Baden-Powell Scout Association in the United Kingdom to inquire about a possible affiliation. The Chief Commissioner of the Baden-Powell Scouts in England issued a Branch Warrant to the Fort Worth group in 1998. The unit operated under a dual status from 1998 until January of 2002, at which time the troop divided, and the 1st Tarrant Group was officially established solely as a Baden-Powell Scout Association unit.

Public Wilderness Venues

History

By 1918, unofficial Wolf Cub packs appeared in Paris, Texas.

Until 1948, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were racially segregated. Colored Troops, as they were officially known, were given little support from Districts and Councils. Some Scouting executives and leaders believed that Colored Scouts and Leaders would be less able to live up to the ideals of the Boy Scouts. The National Office began a program of integrating local councils in 1940, which was largely complete in 1948.

Most Girl Scouts of the USA units were originally segregated by race according to state and local laws and customs. The first troop for Mexican Americans was formed in Houston, Texas in 1922.

Scouting by County

The U.S. state of Texas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. state. Find family and scout friendly outdoor activities in your county:
Anderson / Andrews / Angelina / Aransas / Archer / Armstrong / Atascosa / Austin / Bailey / Bandera / Bastrop / Baylor / Bee / Bell / Bexar / Blanco / Borden / Bosque / Bowie / Brazoria / Brazos / Brewster / Briscoe / Brooks / Brown / Burleson / Burnet / Caldwell / Calhoun / Callahan / Cameron / Camp / Carson / Cass / Castro / Chambers / Cherokee / Childress / Clay / Cochran / Coke / Coleman / Collin / Collingsworth / Colorado / Comal / Comanche / Concho / Cooke / Coryell / Cottle / Crane / Crockett / Crosby / Culberson / Dallam / Dallas / Dawson / Deaf Smith / Delta / Denton / DeWitt / Dickens / Dimmit / Donley / Duval / Eastland / Ector / Edwards / Ellis / El Paso / Erath / Falls / Fannin / Fayette / Fisher / Floyd / Foard / Fort Bend / Franklin / Freestone / Frio / Gaines / Galveston / Garza / Gillespie / Glasscock / Goliad / Gonzales / Gray / Grayson / Gregg / Grimes / Guadalupe / Hale / Hall / Hamilton / Hansford / Hardeman / Hardin / Harris / Harrison / Hartley / Haskell / Hays / Hemphill / Henderson / Hidalgo / Hill / Hockley / Hood / Hopkins / Houston / Howard / Hudspeth / Hunt / Hutchinson / Irion / Jack / Jackson / Jasper / Jeff Davis / Jefferson / Jim Hogg / Jim Wells / Johnson / Jones / Karnes / Kaufman / Kendall / Kenedy / Kent / Kerr / Kimball / King / Kinney / Kleberb / Knox / Lamar / Lamb / Lampasas / La Salle / Lavaca / Lee / Leon / Liberty / Limestone / Lipscomb / Live Oak / Llano / Loving / Lubbock / Lynn / McCulloch / McLennan / McMullen / Madison / Marion / Martin / Mason / Matagorda / Marverick / Medina / Menard / Midland / Milam / Mills / Mitchell / Montague / Montgomery / Moore / Morris / Motley / Nacogdoches / Navarro / Newton / Nolan / Nueces / Ochiltree / Oldham / Orange / Palo Pinto / Panola / Parker / Parmer / Pecos / Polk / Potter / Presidio / Rains / Randall / Reagan / Real / Red River / Reeves / Refugio / Roberts / Robertson / Rockwall / Runnels / Rusk / Sabine / San Augustine / San Jacinto / San Patricio / San Saba / Schleicher / Scurry / Shackelford / Shelby / Sherman / Smith / Somervell / Starr / Stephens / Sterling / Stonewall / Sutton / Swisher / Tarrant / Taylor / Terrell / Terry / Throckmorton / Titus / Tom Green / Travis / Trinity / Tyler / Upshur / Upton / Uvalde / Val Verde / Van Zandt / Victoria / Walker / Waller / Ward / Washington / Webb / Wharton / Wheeler / Wichita / Wilbarger / Willacy / Williamson / Wilson / Winkler / Wise / Wood / Yoakum / Young / Zapata / Zavala

Scouting museums in Texas

See also